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Historic Nashville Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the U.S. Customs House
July 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join Historic Nashville for a members-only tour of the U.S. Customs House in downtown Nashville on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM
One of the most grand structures in downtown Nashville, the U.S. Customs House dates back to 1877, when President Rutherford B. Hayes laid the first cornerstone. When it opened in 1882, the federal building housed Nashville’s main post office, the treasury department and justice department offices. Designed by William Appleton Potter, the ornate stone building features a Victorian Gothic style with a central clock tower that’s hard to miss. Additional construction to the building was added on in 1903 and 1916. In 1976, the building was turned over to the city, with a renovation taking place shortly after. Today, a private firm rents out office space inside. Gary Everton of EOA Architects in Nashville and Shawn Webb with Customs House Associates will graciously be guiding us along a rare tour of this magnificent building.
Parking & Meeting Instructions:
There is a paid lot behind the Customs House. There will be 10 parking spaces available, so the first 10 persons attending will be able to park for free. There are also parking garages available at Music City Center at 7th and Demonbreun or the Nashville Public Library parking garage off of 7th in between Church and Commerce Streets. We must enter the building from the rear and go through a metal detector before gaining access. The tour will run between 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Meet inside the rear entrance to Customs House which is on the south side where all of the parking is located. There are only two doors facing the parking lot, the one closest to First Baptist Church is the public entry. Wait in the space inside the entrance before you get to the metal detectors.
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