Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, New York

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, New York

The Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House is an imposing building constructed to handle the increasing duty collection requirements for the prospering port of New York City. In 1990, the United States Congress passed a legislation to name the building in honor of Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the U.S. treasury.

The present Custom House stands in the location of an earlier customs office that burned down in 1814. The building was designed in Beaux Arts style by Minnesota architect, Cass Gilbert, and the plan was selected by the then supervising architect of the treasury, James Knox Taylor. It was constructed between 1900 and 1907 under the supervision of John Pierce. The structure has a Roman dome under which public transactions once took place. There are also many ornate sculptures, paintings and decorations by American artists like Daniel Chester French and Albert Jaegers. The building was saved from demolition in 1979 by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who lobbied for its preservation and restoration.

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House is on the National Register for Historic Places and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976. Today, the building houses the New York branch of the National Museum of the American Indian and the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
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