U.S. Custom House to receive a face lift

October 10, 1991|By Edward Gunts

The historic U.S. Custom House at Gay and Lombard streets is slated to undergo an $11 million face lift starting late next year, its first major renovation in more than a decade.

FTC The architectural firm of D'Aleo Inc. and the Philadelphia-based preservation architect Hyman Myers have been hired to handle design work for the project, which involves upgrading spaces throughout the 1908 landmark. "The goal is to restore the building as much as possible and bring it up to code," said Trudy Wang, project manager for the Philadelphia office of the General Services Administration, which issued the contract for the work.

The downtown building houses offices for 11 federal agencies, including the U.S. Customs Service, the Coast Guard and two divisions of the Agriculture Department. Ms. Wang said that the work was prompted by a need to bring the office space up to contemporary standards by upgrading mechanical systems and

to add two fire stairs to comply with safety codes.

While that work is under way, she said, the GSA also is restoring areas of the building to their original appearance, including the lobby and main corridors.

The project also involves reopening two monumental marble and iron stairways, which rise five stories and have been closed off in recent years. Other work will include upgrading elevators, cleaning and repairing marble and replicating old lighting fixtures that were in the public spaces. "It's a substantial project," said the project architect, Jim Pettit of D'Aleo Inc. "When you walk into the building, you'll see a difference in the openness of the space. It's more than just cosmetic."

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.