U.S. Customhouse - Houston, Texas
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member JimmyEv
N 29° 45.462 W 095° 21.693
15R E 271649 N 3294273
Quick Description: Houston’s most prominent Federal Building in the early 20th century was its Customhouse – the revenue-generating arm of the Federal government at the time, collecting import taxes and tariffs from the port and protecting American businesses.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 6/3/2007 3:59:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM1MV4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 46

Long Description:
The Customhouse was designed by James Knox Taylor, Supervising Architect of the Treasury Department, and completed in 1911. Following the City Beautiful movement, Taylor used a massive, Beaux-Arts classical design to create the Federal presence in Houston, complete with Ionic columns. The building originally held a post office, the federal courts, and the custom offices. The federal courts moved to the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse on Rusk Street in the 1950s, and the post office to new facilities on Franklin Street a few years later.

Main Street/Market Square Historic District
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Texas Historical Commission, "U.S. Customhouse," available at Texas Historical Atlas
Street address:
701 San Jacinto
Houston, TX USA

County / Borough / Parish: Harris County

Year listed: 1974

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1900-1949

Historic function: Courthouse, Post Office

Current function: Federal office building

Privately owned?: no

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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