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Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Custom House

 
 
Custom House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 20, 2017
1. Custom House Marker
Inscription.
Built on the water's edge at the foot of State Street between 1837 and 1847, the Custom House was a focal point of Boston's old water-front. It was a controversial building in its day. Critics thought its Greek Revival style was old-fashioned, and its 32 columns, each a single 42-ton piece of granite, too ponderous. Others, including the architect Ammi Young, thought these same features well suited to the site.

In 1911, an added tower made the Custom House Boston's first skyscraper and an excellent place to enjoy a panorama of the harbor.
 
Location. 42° 21.545′ N, 71° 3.228′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is on India Street north of Central Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the India Street entrance to the Custom House building. Marker is a metal plaque mounted on the north (right-hand) post at the base of the entry staircase. Marker is at or near this postal address: 34 India Street, Boston MA 02109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Custom House (within shouting distance of this marker); Flour and Grain Exchange (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bunch of Grapes Tavern
Marker detail: 1851 sketch, drawn from the water side of the newly-built Custom House image. Click for full size.
By Homan's Sketches of Boston, 1851
2. Marker detail: 1851 sketch, drawn from the water side of the newly-built Custom House
(about 600 feet away); Faneuil Hall (about 700 feet away); John Winthrop - First House in Boston Site (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Faneuil Hall (about 800 feet away); Samuel Adams (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Boston Massacre (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
 
Regarding Custom House. The Custom House is the centerpiece and name sake of the National Register Custom House District (1973). Also National Register of Historic Places (1973) and Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission (1986).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. U.S. Custom House
 
Also see . . .
1. Custom House District.
Consisting of 70 buildings and sites on 15.9 acres in downtown Boston, the Custom House District is a collection of 19th-century mercantile buildings in addition to many well-preserved skyscrapers dating from the first half of the 20th century. The U.S. Custom House, the building for which the district is named, is located in McKinley Square. (Submitted on March 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Custom House (<i>1911 tower</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 20, 2017
3. Custom House (1911 tower)
 

2. Boston Custom House.
The Custom House in Boston, Massachusetts, was established in the 17th century and stood near the waterfront in several successive locations through the years. In 1849 the U.S. federal government constructed a neoclassical building on State Street; it remains the "Custom House" known to Bostonians today. The site on State Street was purchased by the federal government on September 13, 1837. Construction of a custom house was authorized by U.S. President Andrew Jackson. When it was completed in 1849, it cost about $1,076,000. (Submitted on March 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. ArchitectureMan-Made Features
 
Custom House (<i>top of marker visible on left-hand post at base of staircase, below flower pot</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 20, 2017
4. Custom House (top of marker visible on left-hand post at base of staircase, below flower pot)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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