Captain John F. Williams Coast Guard Building

williams building with two towers behind it and a bridge to the left of the photo

408 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02110
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The Captain John F. Williams Coast Guard Building, located on the corner of Atlantic and Northern Avenues in downtown Boston, includes 160,000 square feet of office space primarily for the United States Coast Guard's New England headquarters. The U.S. Coast Guard uses the building for a critical mission that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Property Manager: James Norcott
Public Hours:
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. (except federal holidays)
Key Tenants:
U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of the Inspector General, Railroad Retirement Board, U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Parking and Public Transportation

Near the subway Red Line and Silver Line, South Station Commuter Rail, and bus lines.

History and Architectural Features

The Williams building was constructed in 1918 in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally known as the Appraiser's Stores, the building was constructed by the government as part of a campaign to utilize the waterfront property for storage, seizure and inspection of goods destined for the nearby Custom House. In 1980, GSA completed a major workout of the building's interior. In the early 1990s, the building was converted from a warehouse into a modern office building. In 2019, GSA installed new concrete flooring and new trench drains in the basement, which has been plagued with flooding and corrosion for many years. Additionally, GSA conducted a partial removal of the seawall, temporarily stabilized the shore infrastructure, repaired and rehabilitated the seawall and replaced the walkway surface.

Art and Architecture

The GSA Art in Architecture Program commissions the nation’s leading artists to create large-scale works of art for new federal buildings.
"View of Boston Over the Fort Point Channel" by artist George Nick. Commissioned in 1985.

Last Reviewed: 2021-01-20