"Old Customs House" Charleston Things to Do Tip by Tom_Fields

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  The Old US Customs House
by Tom_Fields
  • The Old US Customs House - Charleston
      The Old US Customs House
    by Tom_Fields
  • The Customs House by night - Charleston
      The Customs House by night
    by Tom_Fields

This is where the old US Customs Office used to be. It's a classic-style cruciform building with Roman Corinthian columns, constructed out of marble. It was designed by Ammi Burnham Young, who was the chief architect of the US Treasury Building in Washington, DC. Construction began in 1853, was interrupted by the Civil War, was resumed in 1870, and finally completed in 1879 by A.B. Mullet.

They just don't build them like this any more. Not to be missed.

Address: 200 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC
Directions: On Cumberland St. and East Bay, near the City Market, downtown. Near Waterfront Park.
Website: http://www.cr.nps.gov/NR/travel/charleston/usc.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 10, 2006
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