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United States Custom House,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

[photo] United States Custom House

The United States Custom House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, built between 1932 and 1934 to the Art Deco designs of the architectural firm Ritter & Shay, occupies an entire block between Second, Chestnut, and Samson Streets and the former Exchange Place in the heart of the oldest section of the city. The south and west sides border Independence National Historic Park. Standing 17 stories tall, it looms above the remaining historic buildings of the shipping, financial, and commercial quarter. Built during the darkest days of the Great Depression, the Federal United States Custom House illustrates the governmental activism of the Hoover and Roosevelt presidencies and illuminates the role it played as a Federal Custom House in the history of Philadelphia and the country.

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