This rare elevated view dates from about 1900; the four chimneys are still in place, the Greek Revival corner pilasters can be seen to good advantage, and the wide door to the basement storage rooms is prominent. When the building was new a wharf stood at left, but disappeared when the riverbank was extended years later to accomodate the railroad. H.H. Richardson's 1885 Union Station stands beyond the curve of the tracks.
By enlarging this image you can read the words CUSTOM HOUSE on the cornice, visible to ship captains in the harbor.
Frank L. McGuire Maritime Library