Fodor's Expert Review St. Lawrence Hall
Erected on the site of the area's first public meeting space, the St. Lawrence Hall, built in 1850–51, demonstrates Renaissance Revival architecture at its finest. Erected for musical performances and balls, it is here that famed opera soprano Jenny Lind sang, where antislavery demonstrations were held, and where P. T. Barnum first presented the midget Tom Thumb. Take time to admire the exterior of this architectural gem, now used for everything from concerts to wedding receptions and graduation parties. If there's no event scheduled, you can take a peek at the photos in the East Room on the third floor; the various notable figures displayed once performed or lectured here.