U.S. Custom House - New Bedford

custom house with three giant pillars, a mailbox to the right and a tree

37 North Second Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
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The United States Custom House, located adjacent to Custom House Square in New Bedford, Massachusetts, was erected between 1834-1836. It is an exceptional illustration of a modest public building designed in the Greek Revival Style. The Custom House is still active to this day.

Property Manager: David Hall
Public Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Key Tenants:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Parking and Public Transportation

Southeastern Regional Transit Authority. Parking garage located within walking distance.

History and Architectural Features

Designed by Robert Mills and erected between 1834-36, the New Bedford Custom House is an excellent example of a small public building in the Greek Revival. Set fifty feet above the tide level with an uninterrupted view of the harbor, it has been a city landmark since the mid-19th century. Considered functionally outdated in 1958, the U.S. Custom House was extensively restored in 1962. It was listed as a contributing building in the New Bedford National Historic Landmark District in 1966. The U.S. Custom House became part of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in 1996.

Landmark Status

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Last Reviewed: 2020-02-27