Interior entrance hall, 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 interior 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. The entrance hall shows classical pilasters, frieze, and cornice in an Art Deco style.


Carol M. Highsmith


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Second and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA


Highsmith, Carol M. (American photographer, born 1946); Ritter and Shay, Architects; Harding, George Matthews (American illustrator, 1882-1959), “ Interior entrance hall, U.S. Custom House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,” Classicizing Philadelphia, accessed December 18, 2018,