The historic meeting house where colonists decided to launch the original Boston Tea Party was damaged due to a nearby construction accident and has been closed to the public.

The Old South Meeting House was unintentionally harmed last week and has been closed for seven days.

The famous U.S. landmark was used by New England colonists in 1773. It's where British colonists in America planned to storm ships in the Boston Harbor and dump newly imported tea overboard.

The move was in defiance of the Tea Act, which mandated the colonies pay what amounted to a tax despite not being represented in Parliament.

Building officials reported Tuesday they are "making great progress and plan to reopen by the end of the week."