This week’s photo is of Boston’s popular landmark, the Custom House, back in 1929! The original building was constructed in 1849 and resembled a greek temple, with Doric columns on all four sides and a large domed roof.
The tower, which is pictured in the photo above, came later in 1915 due to increased shipping needs. The renovation added another twenty six floors on top of the base of the building. At the time, this addition violated the city’s height restrictions; however, because the building was considered to be Federally owned it was exempt.
In later years the Custom House became known as the city’s first skyscraper, but today, it is only Boston’s 17th tallest building. The building is now owned by the Marriott Vacation Club. The 25th floor observation deck is still open to the public.
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