Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Steaming Kettle


ETA: Sorry folks! It's been a busy few days and I didn't have a chance to look up the background on this one when I posted it. I'll be a better blogger in the future, I promise! ;)

The 200 pound Steaming Kettle was cast in 1873 and put in place over a teashop. The Oriental Tea Company had a contest to guess the capacity of its new Kettle. (The correct answer was 227 gallons, 2 quarts, 1 pint and 3 gills. The grand prize was a chest of premium tea.) In 1967, the Kettle was moved from 57 Court St. to 63-65 Court St. The Kettle is fed steam continuously from the building's boiler room. Today, a Starbucks occupies the retail space below.
The kettle is located just outside of the Government Center T stop (City Hall Plaza) - at the intersection of Court St and Tremont.

3 comments:

Fay said...

Hey this one looks very interesting! Where is the big kettle?

Andreea said...

wonderful. where does it lead to? cafe, tea room, ...?

kris said...

hmm..interesting! i have the same questions as others