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Nashville Customs House

Also known as: Federal Office Building
Built: 1875-1916
Designed by: William A. Potter
Type: Office Building
Location: 701 Broadway, Nashville, United States
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A beautiful, stately, ornate building that served the Nashville area for almost a century before being cast aside, the Customs House is a reminder of what government can do right with architecture. It is one of the finest pieces of Victorian architecture in Tennessee and was abuzz with activity until the late 20th century when the United States government decided it didn’t want the building anymore. Fortunately, the Nashville Metropolitan Government did, and took possession of the building for redevelopment.

  • 1877 - The cornerstone of this building is laid by President Hayes.
  • 1882 – The clock tower is completed.
  • 1903 – The rear portion of the building is completed.
  • 1916 – The wings of the building are completed.
  • 1972 – The building is added to the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 1979 – Ownership is transferred from the federal government to the local government.

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Karen Kendrick
Sunday, December 4th, 2011 @ 8:06pm
Rating: Five stars.
This is a magnificent building. I would be interested in knowing if it is open to walk around in?

Thursday, December 15th, 2005 @ 2:34pm
Rating: Five stars.
A true asset to downtown Nashville. It is amazing to me that it was considered for demolition like many other places in and around downtown. Hume Fogg High School across the street is also nice.

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