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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAINIER NATIONAL PARK: c. 1920s

Temple of Commerce: 1906

Temple of Commerce: 1906

        The 1849 Custom House, built at the end of the city docks, was used by the federal government to collect maritime duties in the age of Boston clipper ships. In 1915, after land reclamation had filled in the waterfront, the dome was topped with a 500-foot tower.

Circa 1906. "Custom House -- Boston, Massachusetts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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The tower is now a hotel

...and accessible (sometimes)

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When I was younger, the FCC had an office in the tower. I took the written test for my Technician amateur radio license there. I was so terrified, I didn't even look out the window!

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Below is the same view from June of 2013.

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