Built on the site of the Etienne de Lancey estate (1719), the current is a 20th century recreation of a historical building. Purchased by Samuel Fraunces in 1762, the de Lancey residence became the "Queen's Head" Tavern -- a fashionable center of 18th century New York life, and site of many important events in the early history of the United States.

Today the building contains a restaurant and meeting rooms. Mersereau's reconstruction (following the fire of 1900) is a conjectural rebuilding of the original Fraunces Tavern, in other words, it is a 20th century interpretation of the general characteristics of Georgian Style architecture.

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Fraunces Tavern
54 Pearl Street, William Mersereau (1907)