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.


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