Photo courtesy of Boston Public Library

Check out this week’s old photo of Hancock Tavern from the year 1900. Although the tavern no longer exists today, it was originally located in a narrow alley between Faneuil Hall, Congress Street and State Street, known as Corn Court. As rumor has it, the upstairs of the restaurant was home to the beginnings of the Boston Tea Party – however this has commonly been disputed due to the fact that the building does not seem to have existed prior to the 1800s.

The area today is completely redeveloped and the tavern and Corn Court no longer exist.

Tune in on Thursday’s to view our featured neighborhood photo from back in the day! Submit your historical photos using our Submit a Post form or tag @northend.waterfront on Instagram. Please include a caption or story telling about your photo.


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  1. Wonderful photo. The copious use of granite in the construction of these old buildings is remarkable. The lintels and sills of the windows and doors, the quoins on the building to the right, and the granite step to enter the tavern speak of a bygone era.
    Oh to be transported in time back to that era just for an hour or two.

  2. Would love to join the Delray Beach group next year..I’m retired from the City of Boston Parks Dept.(Waterfront Park) and live in Delray Beach, Fl. ..I was born and raised next door to St. Leonard’s Church..My brother Tony Cella worked the waterfront all his life and there is a Memorial to him in the park.Had a brother Ralph and sisters Connie Cunio, Florence Florio and a sister Helen Paternese she worked in Burden’s Drugs for many years..I visit the Boston area annually on vacation…anyone there remember us Cella’s?

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