Julien Hall (Boston)

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Julien Hall (built 1825) was a building in Boston, Massachusetts, on the corner of Congress Street and Milk Street. It flourished 1825-1843, housing a variety of public events such as lectures by Red Jacket, William Lloyd Garrison; temperance meetings; political meetings; auctions; exhibitions of live animals, portraits by William James Hubard, John H. I. Browere; performances of the "automaton chess player" and the "panharmonicon;" and so on. By 1842 boxer John Sheridan had converted space in the hall into an athletic gymnasium.

The building was known as "Julien Hall" because it had been "built on the land where formerly stood the much noted Julien's Restorator." It was also called "Congress Hall."[1] In 1828 it was described as "a large and convenient edifice ... erected in 1825, by Dr. Edward H. Robbins. ... There are two halls in this building, 55 by 44 feet square; the principal one is 15 feet high, and receives light through the cupola in the centre. These are rented for various purposes, such as public exhibitions, the holding of meetings, &c."[1]

Events at the Hall[edit]



  1. ^ a b Bowen's picture of Boston. 1828, 1838
  2. ^ Boston Commercial Gazette Dec.1, 1825
  3. ^ Columbian Centinel, Oct. 15, 1825
  4. ^ Boston Commercial Gazette, Dec.12, 1825
  5. ^ James W. Cook, Jr. (Winter 1995). "From the Age of Reason to the Age of Barnum: The Great Automaton Chess-Player and the Emergence of Victorian Cultural Illusionism". Winterthur Portfolio. 30.
  6. ^ Boston Commercial Gazette, Sept. 14, 1826
  7. ^ John F. Ohl; Joseph Earl Arrington (Jan 1960). "John Maelzel, Master Showman of Automata and Panoramas". Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. 84.
  8. ^ Boston Commercial Gazette, Nov.30, 1826
  9. ^ Salem Gazette; Date: 04-03-1827
  10. ^ Intemperance: To the Sober and Discreet, the Benevolent, the Religious, the Friends of Decency. Hallowell Gazette (Maine); Date: 12-05-1827
  11. ^ Farmers' Cabinet (New Hampshire); Date: 04-04-1829
  12. ^ Essex Gazette (Haverhill, Massachusetts); Date: 04-10-1830
  13. ^ New-Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette; Date: 08-23-1830
  14. ^ William L. van Deburg (Jun 1975). "William Lloyd Garrison and the "Pro-Slavery Priesthood": The Changing Beliefs of An Evangelical Reformer, 1830-1840". Journal of the American Academy of Religion. 43 (2).
  15. ^ Roderick S. French (Summer 1980). "Liberation from Man and God in Boston: Abner Kneeland's Free-Thought Campaign, 1830-1839". American Quarterly. 32 (2).
  16. ^ Rhode Island American, Statesman and Providence Gazette; Date: 01-08-1830
  17. ^ Hervey Wilbur (Jan 1, 1831). "Newtonian Institute". Retrieved 2010-09-06.
  18. ^ Pittsfield Sun (Massachusetts); Date: 07-18-1833
  19. ^ NEASS, Third Annual Report, p.3; cited in: Lois Brown. Out of the Mouths of Babes: The Abolitionist Campaign of Susan Paul and the Juvenile Choir of Boston. New England Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 1 (Mar., 2002)
  20. ^ Susan Paul was the daughter of Boston preacher Thomas Paul
  21. ^ Theophilus Fisk (1835). Capital against labor: an address, delivered at Julien Hall, before the Mechanics of Boston, on Wednesday evening, May 20. Boston: For sale at the Daily Reformer Office.
  22. ^ Colonization Discussion. New Bedford Mercury (Massachusetts); Date: 07-24-1835
  23. ^ "Thompson, the wandering insurrectionist, came in, and tried to take part." cf. Eastern Argus (Maine); Date: 07-25-1835
  24. ^ Portsmouth Journal of Literature & Politics (New Hampshire); Date: 08-08-1835
  25. ^ The Notorious Thompson. Richmond Enquirer (Virginia); Date: 10-20-1835
  26. ^ Elaine Brooks (Jul 1945). "Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society". Journal of Negro History. 30 (3).
  27. ^ Daily Atlas (Boston); Date: 04-30-1842
  28. ^ Daily Atlas (Boston); Date: 10-04-1843

Coordinates: 42°21′23.5″N 71°3′22.35″W / 42.356528°N 71.0562083°W / 42.356528; -71.0562083