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U.S. Custom House, Boston, Massachusetts, Traverse Section of Winning Design

U.S. Custom House, Boston, Massachusetts, Traverse Section of Winning Design

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The Boston Custom House, constructed 1837-1847, is among the earliest federal buildings erected outside the nation's capital. After Congress authorized a new custom house for the city of Boston, a local board of commissioners was established to determine the site and design of the new building. In an open competition, the local board of commissioners chose the design represented in this drawing submitted by New England architect Ammi B. Young. Young also was chosen to supervise the construction of his design, which took 10 years to complete. Built in classical style on a large scale, the building reflected the strength and confidence of a young and growing nation.

Architectural Plans of the Federal Court House in Boston, MA.





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