U.S. CUSTOM HOUSE

Location: Baltimore, MD
Size: 220,000 Square Feet
Client: U.S. General Services Administration
Type: Government Building Interior and Exterior Repairs


The U.S. Custom House is a masonry load bearing, Beaux Arts building that was built in 1907 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is owned and maintained by the U.S. General Services Administration and encompasses a whole city block in downtown Baltimore.

MTFA and JMA Preservation’s work to rehabilitate the exterior envelope started with an investigation and report on the existing condition of the building’s exterior.

Based on the recommendations of the report, MTFA and JMA worked on the building in three phases:

– Phase I: replacement of the flashing and gutter systems and repointing of the upper masonry parapet walls.

– Phase II: complete replacement of the existing roofing and including removal of the existing cooling towers.

– Phase III: repair, repointing and cleaning of all exterior masonry; repair and refinishing of all windows, doors and ornamental metal elements on the building’s exterior; removal and replacement of custom windows in the call room; and installation of new bird control devices on all exterior elevations and interior storm windows.