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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Richmond in Ruins: 1865

Richmond in Ruins: 1865

April 1865. "Fallen Richmond -- Custom House (left) and Virginia State Capitol; rubble in street." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Lewis F. Powell Courthouse

The Custom House and Courthouse was expanded significantly in the early 20th Century with the addition of two wings and hyphens to the original building. During the Civil War, the building housed the executive offices of the Confederate Government, including Jefferson Davis' office. None of the original interiors remain; the earliest interiors are from around 1910. The building currently is called the Lewis F. Powell Courthouse and is the headquarters for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Expanded and changed

but I think the customs house is still there as a courthouse. Turn the street view around...


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