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"Custom House Tower" Downtown & Financial District Tip by rids

Downtown & Financial District, Boston: 28 reviews and 36 photos


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Surrounded by 32 huge Doric columns, the Customs House was built in 1847. The Greek revival structure with monolithic Quincy granite columns was designed by Ammi Burnham Young. In 1915, it was surmounted by Peabody & Stearns’ 495-foot, 30-story Classical Revival-style tower. For more than 30 years it was the tallest building on the Boston skyline. Here duties were collected and maritime business conducted as Boston clipper ships circled the world. Not surprisingly, it is no longer the tallest skyscraper in New England, but it still adds character to the Boston skyline as seen from the harbor.

Address: McKinley Square (State Street and India Street).
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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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