Custom House District

National Historic District

Note: separate walking tours of the Greenway and Walk to the Sea include selected sites in this area.

In the early nineteenth century, the Custom House was at the center of Boston economic life. Situated at the head of Long Wharf (now State Street), it surveyed the harbor, then bordered by India Street. A few reminders of Boston’s mercantile past survive in the district, including parts of Charles Bulfinch’s rows of brick warehouses and stores on Broad Street and Central Wharf, as well as several outstanding examples of granite warehouses. While the Custom House tower dominated the Boston skyline for many decades, it has been upstaged by megaprojects starting in the 1980s.

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