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Alexander Hamilton Customs House
New York, New York

  • project Alexander Hamilton Customs House
  • client US Government and Services Agency
  • lighting designer RS Lighting Design
  • photographer Tom LaBarbra, Picture This Studios

Com­pleted early in the 20th cen­tury, the Alexan­der Hamil­ton US Custom House in New York City cel­e­brated its 100th anniver­sary in 2007. This beaux-arts trea­sure is ranked as one of the most sig­nif­i­cant his­toric build­ings in US Gen­eral Ser­vices Administration’s (GSA) national inven­tory. In its heyday, the Custom House was a bustling place of activ­ity as bro­kers and cus­toms agents worked together build­ing the wealth of this nation. Although the building’s for­tunes declined in the early 1970’s when the cus­toms ser­vice was relo­cated to the newly-built World Trade Center, GSA embarked on a major ren­o­va­tion and restora­tion project that gave this mon­u­men­tal edi­fice a new future.

Today, vis­i­tors to the build­ing will find a vibrant and active place, often filled with the happy sounds of school­child­ren on class trips to the National Museum of the Amer­i­can Indian housed in the first three floors of the facil­ity. Its façade was beau­ti­fully re-illu­mi­nated by Sill’s Pro 22 by Selux. The project received a Lumen Cita­tion for its out­stand­ing achieve­ment.

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