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Tour of Boston Custom House

May 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Boston Custom House 3 McKinley Square Boston, MA 02109 United States

FULL – This event has reached capacity, but there is a waitlist. Please email by May 2 to reserve your spot on the waitlist. You will be emailed directly if a spot becomes available. 

To help celebrate National Historic Preservation Month, please join Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) staff for a special tour of a Boston Landmark. Leading this noontime  tour is Rosanne Foley, BLC Executive Director. Those touring the 1849 Boston Custom House will take in views from the open observation deck 25 stories up. The Custom House is located in McKinley Square, in Boston’s Financial District. Architect Ammi Burnham Young entered an 1837 competition to design the Boston Custom House, and won with his neoclassical design. Inside, the rotunda was capped with a skylight dome. The building sits on filled land and is supported by wooden piles. Boston’s waterfront extended to this building, and ships moored at Long Wharf almost touched the eastern facade.  The twenty-six story clock tower was added in 1915, and the clock on the upper portion of the building (22 ft. in diameter) was started at noon on April 6, 1916.

In May each year BLC helps to promote a full month of events celebrating Boston’s historic buildings, places, and neighborhoods. Historic preservation is a tool to manage (not stop) the changes to our built environment that make Boston a better place to live, work, play and learn while retaining local character. Join us on this special free tour to discover more! For a full schedule of Preservation Month events in Boston, please visit:

Email by May 2 to reserve a place.

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Boston Landmarks Commission, Environmental Department