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