New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House / National Museum of the American Indian
The Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House now houses the George Gustav Heye Center of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, bringing full circle the history of this remarkable site. The Museum sits on the original Algonquin trading ground at the foot of the Wiechquaekeck Trail, a centuries-old trade route whose original path has evolved into today’s Broadway. The Custom House adaptation for reuse as the Museum has returned a Native American presence to the site.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series lists.
Location. 40° 42.279′ N, 74° 0.838′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and Bowling Green, on the left when traveling south on Broadway. Marker is at the south end of Bowling Green park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bowling Green Fence (a few steps from this marker); Fort Amsterdam (within shouting distance of this marker); George Gustav Heye (within shouting distance of this marker); Sharing the Circle (within shouting distance of this marker); Native People Of The Western Hemisphere (within shouting distance of this marker); Places of Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker); American Merchant Marine (within shouting distance of this marker); “North America” sculpted by Daniel Chester French (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. The top right of the marker features a picture of the interior of the Custom House. It has a caption of “The interior at the heart of the Custom House is the Rotunda, an enormous elliptical space of Classical grandeur. All 140 tons of its skylit dome are supported by the revolutionary Guastavino system of thin masonry vaulting – no steel, just tile and cement. The gorgeous cycle of murals adorning its walls – a Works Progress Administration project of 1937 by Reginald Marsh – pays homage to New York’s port, illustrating the progress of ocean liners into New York Harbor.” Below this is a photograph of two American Indian women, with the caption “A branch of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum presents Native American objects in the context of living cultures. Native Americans continue to thrive in the New York area, home to several Indian nations as well as two reservations on Long Island. The museum is an important center for today’s Native American life, and its exhibitions offer new perspectives on Native cultures past and present.” Also on the marker is a picture of “A deerskin bag made by a native Delaware artist, circa 1924. The George Gustav Heye Center is named for the New Yorker who assembled some one million native Indian objects from North, Central and South America in a collection that became the core of the National Museum of the American Indian.”
Regarding Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House / National Museum of the American Indian.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the markers in lower Manhattan erected by the Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.
Also see . . .
1. National Museum of the American Indian. (Submitted on June 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center. Smithsonian Institution website. (Submitted on June 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
3. The US Customs House -- 1 Bowling Green. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on March 19, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,847 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on March 2, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 3. submitted on November 3, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 4, 5. submitted on June 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 6. submitted on March 31, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 7. submitted on December 2, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.