On April 30th, 1789, George Washington was inaugurated president of the United States on the balcony of the Federal Hall Building on Wall Street, New York City. At that time, New York was the capital of the United States (until 1791). The building, which served as the capital building of the US government, was torn down in 1812. The current building at the site (26 Wall Street) was built in 1842 as the US Customs House and is now the Federal Hall National Memorial. A model of the original building is pictured, along with the stone where Washington stood for his inauguration. Federal Hall is now open to the public and contains many exhibits of this period of US history, including the Washington Bible. It is open to the public and admission is free of charge.