Old South Meeting House
The building was nearly torn down in 1960 but was saved when local citizens founded Historic Boston, Inc. and raised $100,000 to buy the property. However, other than saving and eventually restoring the building, nothing was ever done with it history-wise. It has always remained a commercial building for lease. In the 21st century, in addition to Chipotle, it has been home to Boston Globe and Ultra Diamonds.
There is a push to have the building converted into a museum dealing with the history of publishing in Boston when the Chipotle lease expires, but Historic Boston claims the building has always been a commercial space, plus it is not in the museum business. Thus, some organization would have to lease the building and create a museum.
National Historic Landmark & original site of the Boston Tea Party, reenacted here each December 16. Revolutionary Spaces connects people to the history and continuing practice of democracy through the interwoven stories of Boston’s Old State House and Old South Meeting House. The 250th anniversary of the American Revolution brings a renewed focus to our nation’s founding principles. The unique relationship between the Old State House and Old South Meeting House creates a rich and dynamic story that speaks to the heart of urgent questions about self-government, free speech, and the role of civic engagement in a free society. There are no two sites that can better tell that story, and no better time to tell it than right now.
This is only the beginning of a new chapter in how Americans connect to our history. There is still much hard work ahead. History can be a powerful tool for today, enabling people to participate more deeply in civic life and to recognize their own personal stake in the ongoing American experiment in self-government. In the coming year, programs and exhibitions at Revolutionary Spaces will challenge our understanding of our shared past and help us to explore together the future we want to build.