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This Custom House preliminary design evolved over the 1850s. Custom House New Orleans The Custom House occupies the 401 block of Canal Street. The final design became the building still standing. The Custom House functions as a federal office building. Additionally, it was the former location of the Audubon Insectarium. Original Design Controversy surrounded the original Custom House design. From the HABS survey: The structure was designed by Alexander Thompson Wood; however, Mr. Arthur quotes James Gallier, Senior's claim in his (Gallier's) autobiography that Wood had plagiarized the design from models and plans submitted by Dakin and Gallier. [Arthur, A...
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