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United States Custom House (New York)

New York, New York
County of New York.
Bowling Green
National Register Number: 72000889
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Government - custom house. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: NY-8 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Now houses Museum of the American Indian..

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 8, 1976):
Constructed in 1900-07, this is an outstanding example of the use of Beaux-Arts elements in a government structure, and one of Cass Gilbert's finest buildings. Embellished with sculpture by Daniel Chester French and murals by Reginald Marsh.

The General Services Administration owns the building, and has recently put $40 million into renovation of the building's exterior and systems, and brought the building up to life safety and ADA requirements. They have also had interior surfaces including the murals restored. The building is currently rented to the Smithsonian Institution and Bankruptcy Courts.

Interior alterations by the Smithsonian Institution for their Museum of the American Indian have been completed. No further alterations are anticipated.

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