Interior bas relief, U.S. Custom House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


The U.S. Custom House in Philadelphia, a federal building project of the Depression era, was begun in December 1932. It is distinguished by richness of materials, quality of design, and by an interiol mural program by a major local artist, Brandywine School artist George Harding. Ritter & Shay, one of the most prominent architectural firms in Philadelphia, gave the new building classical details in both structure and ornamentation. This bas-relief is one of eight panels showing the winds as depicted in Greek mythology on the frieze of the rotunda dome.



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Highsmith, Carol M. (American photographer, born 1946); Ritter and Shay, Architects, “Interior bas relief, U.S. Custom House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,” Classicizing Philadelphia, accessed December 18, 2018,