Custom House

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The Custom House as it appeared just prior to being torn down in 2001
Photo courtesy of Frank Grosz
If you ask life time residents of Sodus Point to choose one building that is gone that they wish they could bring back, most would choose the Custom House. It was located on Sentell Street just east of the Franklin House. At the time of its demise, The Sun and Record, Thursday, March 39, 2001 ran an article on its glorious past:


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The Customs House as a Post Office
Photo and information from the 1979 book: “Wayne County: The Aesthetic Heritage of a Rural Area” by Stephen W. Jacobs with Photographs by David Plowden. Permission courtesy of the Wayne County Historical Society.

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Custom House, Sodus Point


On the south side of Sentell Street in Sodus Point, opposite the malt house, is the building once used as the United States Custom House and Post Office. The railroad was behind it and the beginning of the ramp for the coal trestle.


The building is a long narrow masonry block, with stone trimmed front and baroque bracketed wood cornice, now overgrown with Virginia creeper. The symmetrical façade is unusual and is composed of paired center windows under an arched cornice hood, with side windows and doors. The latter are handsomely paneled, with circular depressions in the small square panels at top and bottom, and round bosses accenting the indentations at the ends of the long central ones. Rusticated stone pilasters flank the doors, climbing to the cornice at the corners of the building. Upper window heads are arched and have heavy projecting moldings on their haunches and rough keystones. They are supported on square impost blocks whose decoration is the reverse of that on the small door panels below. The treatment of the smooth-surfaced main floor semicircular arches is more refined, with arrow-shaped projecting keystones set between spandrels with engraved decoration.


In front is a small metal flagpole painted white, and a wooden utility pole with a metal bracket for a street light with a fluted white enameled reflector.


The Custom House is a product of the boom which accompanied the opening of the railroad in 1870’s. The most impressive relic of Macyville section of Sodus Point developed at that time, it was built to house Mr. Macy’s bank. Recently a blank check from Macy’s Bank was donated: