1854The Post Office and Customs House were built.Arts and Culture, Location and Setting, Buildings & Architecture

The Post Office of 1859, easterly corner of Main & Pleasant Streets, 1871. Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 13375
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While the custom house was established in 1789 and a post office in 1792, they did not have an official building until 1854, when through the efforts of Moses Tarr, Congress granted $40,000 to erect one.

Pringle, James R. History of the Town and City of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Published by the City of Gloucester Archives Committee and the Ten Pound Island Book Co., 1997.
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