Thursday, June 18, 2009
Custom House Tower
The Custom House Tower, which long dominated the Boston skyline to the waterfront, is now a hotel. The 16 story tower was Boston's first skyscraper and was built in 1915 by Peabody and Stearns. The original structure, built in 1847 and designed by Ammi Burnham Young is surrounded by 36 monolithic Quincy granite columns, each weighing 42 tons. The entire structure sits on filled land and is supported by 3,000 wooden piles driven through fill to bedrock. The Customs House was originally at the edge of the harbor to facilitate inspection and registration of cargo, but because of additional filled land now sits one quarter mile from the harbor.
Here is a partial view of the Custom House Tower.