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U. S. Customs House, 312 Fore Street, Portland, Cumberland County, ME



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Item Title


Location
312 Fore Street, Portland, ME

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS ME-138
Building/structure dates: 1867 initial construction
Significance: According to the Custom House's Collector, Mr. Washburn, in 1872 when it was opened, Portland was the 7th or 8th port in the nation in duties on consumption and warehouse goods, and 3rd or 4th in amount of duties on goods through the Custom House. A magnificent Custom House would be worthy of the trade's importance in the city, and the city's in the nation. Washburn felt that general sympathy for Portland after the devastating fire of 1866, was partly responsible for generously increased appropriations for the building. As a result, the government had erected a building "such as would stand for ages...be an ornament to the place, and would transmit to future times an idea of the architecture of our time." Following Washburn, an English ship captain with a less historical orientation, "spoke of the new edifice as the most chaste and one of the finest buildings for customs purposes he had ever been in."

Subjects
Customs Inspections
Business & Finance
Stone Buildings (granite)


Related Names
U.S. Department Of The Treasury
Mullet, A. B.
Oertly, B.
Kingsbury, Henry
Sargent, E. C.


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. NORTHWEST FRONT AND SOUTHWEST SIDE
2. SOUTHEAST REAR AND NORTHEAST SIDE
3. DETAIL, NORTHWEST FRONT, ENTRANCE
4. DETAIL, SOUTHEAST REAR, ENTRANCE
5. DETAIL, SOUTHEAST REAR, SECOND STORY, WINDOWS
6. DETAIL, TOWER
7. INTERIOR, MAIN ROOM
8. INTERIOR, MAIN ROOM, DETAIL OF COUNTER AND TELLERS' WINDOWS
9. INTERIOR, MAIN ROOM, DETAIL OF ENTRANCE
10. INTERIOR, MAIN ROOM, DETAIL OF OCTAGONAL WRITING PODIUM AND CLOCK
11. INTERIOR, MAIN ROOM, DETAIL OF CLOCK
12. INTERIOR, MAIN ROOM, DETAIL OF CEILING
13. INTERIOR, MAIN ROOM, DETAIL OF CEILING (CLOSER VIEW)
14. INTERIOR, DETAIL OF SCULPTED EAGLE (ORIGINALLY A FINIAL FOR ONE OF THE BUILDING'S FLAGPOLES)
15. Photocopy of drawing (from the General Services Administration collection) rendered by Von Koerber date unknown SOUTHEAST REAR AND NORTHWEST SIDE (8' x 10' print; 4' x 5' negative)
16. Photocopy of measured drawing (from the National Archives) A. B. Mullett, architect ca. 1868 'PLAN OF BASEMENT. NO. 2'
17. Photocopy of measured drawing (from National Archives) A. B. Mullett, architect ca. 1868 'PLAN OF FIRST STORY. NO. 3'
18. Photocopy of measured drawing (from National Archives) A. B. Mullett, architect ca. 1868 'PLAN OF SECOND STORY. NO. 4'
19. Photocopy of measured drawing (from National Archives) A. B. Mullett, architect ca. 1868 'ELEVATION ON COMMERCIAL STREET. NO. 5'
20. Photocopy of measured drawing (from National Archives) A. B. Mullett, architect ca. 1868 'SIDE ELEVATION. NO. 6'
21. Photocopy of measured drawing (from National Archives) A. B. Mullett, architect ca. 1868 'ELEVATION ON FORE STREET. NO. 7'
22. Photocopy of measured drawing (from National Archives) A. B. Mullett, architect ca. 1868 'LONGITUDINAL SECTION. ON CENTERLINE. NO. 8'
23. Photocopy of measured drawing (from National Archives) A. B. Mullett, architect ca. 1868 'DETAILS OF CUSTOM ROOM, ETC. NO. 9'
24. Photocopy of measured drawing (from National Archives) A. B. Mullett, architect ca. 1868 'TRANSVERSE SECTION THROUGH SOUTH CUPOLA. NO. 10'


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