31 in 31 of Your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #8

The Custom House Tower, 3 McKinley Square-State Street at India Street (Financial District), Boston, MA 02109

Ammi Burnham Young, 1837 – 1847, Tower Addition: Peabody and Stearns, 1913-1915

I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series.

About the Custom House Tower:

It never ceases to amaze me whenever I look at old photographs of Boston pre-urban renewal that the Custom House tower was once the tallest building in Boston.  As tiny as it may seem now, the Custom House is still very much part of the Boston skyline (check out the Custom House on my blog header, a photograph I had taken two summers ago while visiting the Boston Harbor Islands).

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  1. I agree. The Custom House Tower was Boston’s iconic image for decades until the John Hancock Tower took over. Though the Custom House Tower has to compete with other Financial District skyscrapers now, it still stands out among them in style, distinction, historical reference, and the public service of providing a clock. What is also remarkable about this building was that nothing was torn down to build it; it was built right on top of the existing Custom House.

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