U.S. Custom House, Charleston
The U.S. Custom House or U.S. Customhouse is the custom house in Charleston, South Carolina. Construction began in 1853, but was interrupted in 1859 due to costs and the possibility of South Carolina's secession from the Union. After the Civil War, construction was restarted in 1870 and completed in 1879. The building was placed on the National Register of Historical Places on October 9, 1974. It is also a contributing property of the Charleston Historic District.Work out when and for how long to visit U.S. Custom House and other Charleston attractions using our handy Charleston trip itinerary planning tool .
In the tense pre-Civil War period, the federal government felt that building a new custom house in Charleston to replace the Old Custom House would be a positive sign to South Carolina. A design competition with a US$300 prize was announced. About ten architects submitted entries. The four known entrants were three Charlestonian architects: Edward Brickell White, Edward C. Jones, and Peter H. Hammarskold and one Savannah, Georgia architect, John S. Norris. Noted New York architect, James Renwick submitted a late entry, which was returned. The commission judging the entries selected the Jones design and submitted the plans to the Secretary of the Treasury in Washington, DC.
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This is a very large stone building that is very representative of the intricate architecture of the area. The Corinthian columns on the building are very impressive. It is probably possible to get in... more »
I proposed to my fiance on the steps of the Custom House. The Classical Revival architecture was perfect for the occasion. My favorite building in Charleston more »
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