Post Office & Custom House, Bath, ca. 1901

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Post Office & Custom House, Bath, ca. 1901

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An unused undivided-back postcard by an unspecified source with a black and white photograph of the Customs House in Bath before its expansion in 1912. This elaborate structure constructed between 1852 and 1858 was designed by Ammi Burnham Young, the Supervising Architect of the United States Treasury. The high level of ornamentation indicated the significance of the building's role in Bath's economic affairs with the city's heavy involvement in shipbuilding and the maritime trade. The dates of construction coincided with Bath's boom time in the 1850s when the volume of production or registration of wooden-hulled vessels placed the custom district repeatedly in the top five national ports. This building is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been documented by the Historic American Building Survey.

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  • Title: Post Office & Custom House, Bath, ca. 1901
  • Creation Date: circa 1901
  • Subject Date: circa 1901
  • Location: Bath, Sagadahoc County, ME
  • Media: Postcard
  • Dimensions: 8.7 cm x 13.7 cm
  • Local Code: OM Private Collection
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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Patten Free Library
33 Summer Street, Bath, ME 04530
(207) 443-5141

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