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The Bunch of Grapes Tavern

Artist:

Magnus Urdahl

Location:

State Street  

Location

State Street
United States
42° 21' 32.1264" N, 71° 3' 23.058" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Plaque

Year:

1926

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

Funders:

Description:

The plaque marks the site of the eighteenth century tavern, The Bunch of Grapes, which first opened in 1712 on King Street - known today as State Street. In its heyday, the tavern was host to two notable historic occasions: the organization of the first Masonic lodge in Boston on July 30, 1733, and the formation of the Ohio Company in 1786. (The latter fostered settlements in the Ohio River valley and lead to the expansion of the country.) Decorated with bunches of grapes in bas-relief, the plaque was designed by the sculptor Magnus Urdahl. It was commissioned by the City of Boston and unveiled in 1926.

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