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Dorchester Illustration of the Day, December 7, 2009
Lyceum Hall
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 Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1202

Built in 1839 and dedicated in 1840, Lyceum Hall on Meeting House Hill served as a public gathering place for many Dorchester activities during its life. It was the scene of discussions of the abolition of slavery, recruitment for the civil War, discussion of the annexation of Dorchester to Boston, and lectures by traveling speakers from all over the country on the Lyceum circuit.

In the 20th century the building was used by the School Department, but its condition deteriorated to the point that in 1955 it was demolished.

The Boston Globe carried an article on February 25, 1955 titled:

Dorchester Lyceum Hall, 115 Years Old, Razed by William R. Cash

Lyceum Hall on Meeting House Hill in Dorchester, whose foundations once shook with Presidential cheers and the war cry of Civil War volunteers, now belongs to the ages.

The impressive building with its columned facade, a familiar landmark in Dorchester, which also played a part in the education of hundreds of school children, has been razed.

It had been condemned by the Boston School Committee after serving for many years as an annex to the nearby Mather School and as a shop training center for exceptional boys.

Lyceum Hall came into existence in 1839, when several other buildings were built throughout the city to facilitate an election movement.

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Created: December 7, 2009   Modified: December 7, 2009