Customs House, Bath, ca. 1890

Contributed by Maine Maritime Museum


A late nineteenth-century sepia photograph of the Customs House in Bath. Designed by Ammi Burnham Young, the elaborate Italianate structure was constructed of granite from the Mussel Ridge Islands in Penobscot Bay. The cost of the building, including the site and structure, was $101.891.25. Among the buildings moved from the site in preparation for construction was the home of William and Ann King. Initially this structure housed not only the Post Office and the Customs House, but also the Merchants' Exchange and Board of Trade as well as offices for federal judges and the port surgeon. Circa 1875 the entire lower floor was devoted to the Post Office and the customs office used the upper floor. The combination of granite and cast iron girders was thought to have created a particularly strong and fireproof structure.

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  • Title: Customs House, Bath, ca. 1890
  • Creation Date: circa 1890
  • Subject Date: circa 1890
  • Location: Bath, Sagadahoc County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 9.8 cm x 12.3 cm
  • Local Code: MMM G80.72.5
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington Street, Bath, ME 04530
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