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Old Customhouse (Monterey)

Monterey, California
County of Monterey.
Calle Principal at Decatur Street
National Register Number: 66000217
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Government - custom house. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: CA-17 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 19, 1960):
Erected in 1827 by the Mexican Government, this Monterey Colonial structure is the oldest public building standing on the West Coast. Until 1845, this was the only custom house north of Mexico: Every trading vessel plying the coast of California was compelled to enter its cargo at the Monterey port. It was here, on July 7, 1846, that Commodore John D. Stoat, commander of the U.S. Pacific Squadron, raised the American flag and officially proclaimed California a part of the United States.

The Customhouse is overall in good condition, however, the roof is currently leaking in several places.

California State Parks is working to install an official state historical landmark plaque at the site (it is the first designated state historic landmark)

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