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United States Customhouse (Portland, Maine)
general view of cupola
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Work: 1867-1872
Era: CE
Image Date: 1995
312 Fore Street
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States
Renaissance Revival; Second Empire
The U.S. Customhouse at Portland, Maine is a historic custom house located in Cumberland County, Maine. It was built to house offices of the United States Customs Service at Portland, Maine, a port of entry for the United States. Located near Portland's waterfront, the U.S. Custom House is a testament to the city's maritime history. It was built to accommodate the city's growing customs business, which, by 1866, was collecting $900,000 annually in customs duties - making Portland one of the most significant seaports in the country. The U.S. Custom House is a skillful blend of the Renaissance Revival and Second Empire styles, which were popular in the United States during the mid- to late 19th century. Its original design is largely intact. The three-story, free-standing, I-shaped structure is constructed of New Hampshire granite with a slate-shingled hipped roof. he U.S. Custom House has experienced only minor changes since it was constructed, and therefore exhibits a high degree of architectural integrity. The U.S. Custom House is the best remaining example of Mullett's work in the state of Maine and continues to serve its original function.
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Photographer: Wilson, Richard Guy
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43° 39′ 26″ N, 70° 15′ 5″ W
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