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Ammi B. Young

Supervising Architect of the Treasury and his 1858 Alexandria Post Office and Customhouse

Published in the Summer 1994 issue of the The Alexandria Chronicle, by the Alexandria Historical Society, Inc.

Ammi B. Young, Supervising Architect of the Treasury and his 1858 Alexandria Post Office and Customhouse, page 14 of 16

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21. U.S. Treasury Department, A History of Public Buildings Under the Control of the Treasury Department (Washington: U.S. Government Printing office, 1901):597.

22. T. Michael Miller, "The Mail Must go Through," The Fireside Sentinel vol., 9 (September 1992): 97, 99, 100.

23. U.S. Treasury Department, Annual Report of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury Department, September 30, 1866, (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1866): 203.

24. U. S. Treasury Departments, Report of the Engineer in Charge of the Office of Construction...for the year ending June 30, 1857. Executive Documents [photocopy] (Washington: Wm. A. Morris, printer, 1857): 533.

25. Ibid. 101.

26.Penny Morrill, Who built Alexandria? (Alexandria: Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, 1979): 24.

27. History of Public Buildings. 597.

28. Annual Report of the Supervising Architect (1858): 95. There is some confusion as to whether the outer walls were brick or granite. Some other sources, and photographs, indicate granite.

29. History of Public Buildings, 597. Alexandria had a population of 13,570 in 1870 and 14,528 in 1900; Plattsburg had a population of 4,500 in 1870 and 8,434 in 1900.

30. U.S. Treasury Department Office of Construction, Specifications for the Accommodation of Customhouses, Marine hospitals, Post Offices and Courthouses (Washington: A.O.P. Nicholson, 1857): 7ff.

31. Annual Report of the Supervising Architect, (1867): 10.

32. Ibid., (1871): 3.

33. Ibid., (1877): 10, 27; Ibid., (1900): 88.

34. Ibid., (1902, 1904); William Francis Smith and T. Michael Miller, A Seaport Saga (Norfolk: The Donning Company Publishers, 1989): 80.

35. Miller, 103, 104.

36. The former federal buildings in Portsmouth, NH and Bath ME are cases in point. They exist today and house several businesses.


Bluestone, Daniel. Itcivic and Aesthetic Reserve: Ammi Burnham Young's 1850's Federal Customhouse design^.^^ Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of America's Material Culture. 25 (Summer/Autumn 1990): 131-156.

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