Custom House Tower Photo Thread

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The Custom House is probably one of the Most photogenic buildings in the city, more even (to me at least) than the Hancock.
Post any pictures you have (your own or found) here.

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Every day I try and go on the tour of the Customs House Tower is the one day of the week that they aren't offered - some day I'll remember which day that is! Also, in the Bank of America on Atlantic Ave in the North End (the one next to the Starbucks) there is a small interactive display with some interesting stuff about the Tower and Boston history.
 
mustve been awesome to work in the area when the customs house was in action...

my stepdad had a second office next door until customs moved (he's in the customs brokerage business), now they just have a grungy airport office and a lot of the paperwork is done electronically... oh well
 
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I've always been a big fan of the Customs House. Wrote a paper about it in undergrad.
 
A few more...

Last time I went to the observatory, I lucked out. I always knew the clock mechanism was on the 17th floor in the hotel game room. But, every time I had gone there was no way to get access. Fortunately this time, the door opened to let a guest on the elevator, and I hopped off.

I wish the window on the clock was bigger though. Considering what is on the other side of it, it's very small window measuring no more than 20" x 30" I would guess.


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It's too bad bowesst hasn't been around for about a month now, i'm sure this is one of him favorite buildings judging by his avatar
 
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I didn't know I had the Customs House in any of my photos and just found this from December. :)
 
What a sympathetic companion Graham Gund's building is for Faneuil Hall.

Similar bulk, similar fenestration, similar materials, similar kit of parts --with just enough deviation for interest.

Think how disruptive this building would be in glass. Even in a master's hands.

Time to shake the glass monkey off our backs.



Buildings need to be clad in something besides Saran Wrap. One Hancock might have been enough.
 
It's a good neighbor, ablarc. Could Louis Kahn have done better, playing on his love of warehouses?

Architects need to learn to use glass with a better understanding of natural light. Aalto got it.
 
It's a shame nobody has the guts to build a new project with a facade similar to the older style buildings in this area. They all look terrific.
 
^ Isn't Gund's building an example of what you're advocating?
 
Took this one yrs ago! was never any good at nite shots
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I've posted these on here before,unsure where?
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The last is a highly operatic distortion of reality worthy of Giacomo Puccini himself --an exact contemporary of this tower. In heaven, he applauds.
 

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