Progress on Faneuil Hall renovation
Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com/David Michael Lieb
In the basement, the new stair stands alongside an original granite foundation wall from the 1742 Faneuil Hall, prior to the buildings expansion by Charles Bulfinch in 1806. Most of the granite has now been covered with a cementitious plaster to protect and stabilize the 269-year-old stonework, but three small sections were left for visitors to see how the foundation was constructed.
You have to celebrate the historical nature of the wall, Lieb said.