Date: Sunday November 4
Time: 2 pm
Location: Alexander Hamilton Customs House, 1 Bowling Green. Just across the street from the 4 and 5 Bowling Green subway station, and 3 blocks south and 1 block west of the R and W Rector Street subway Station.
Alexander Hamilton Customs House and the National Museum of The American Indian are located in the same building.
There is a free tour at 3 pm and we can decide as a group if we want to participate.
The Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
Home of the NMAI's George Gustav Heye Center, the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House is one of the most splendid Beaux Arts buildings in New York. Rich in architectural and historic significance, the custom house is a National Historic Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Before the imposition of the income tax in 1916, customs duties were the greatest single source of revenue for the U.S. government, and the Port of New York was the country's most prosperous trade center. In 1899, the government invited twenty architects to submit designs for a new custom house. The design chosen was by Cass Gilbert (1859–1934), a well-known young architect from St. Paul, Minnesota. Gilbert, who had once worked in the offices of McKim, Mead & White, felt that a public building should reveal the "imponderable elements of life and character."
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