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Sun., Oct. 4
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McEwen Customs House again flying a U.S. flag


A U.S. flag is flying over the Robert C. McEwen Custom House again.

The flag was taken down from the building’s flag pole several weeks ago in advance of a building project slated to begin in July.

As part of the project, the flag pole will be removed and relocated to make way for a communications tower.

Several city residents publicly objected to having the flag removed from the building, a well known city landmark.

On Friday Mayor William D. Nelson said he would be willing to direct city employees to raise and lower the flag if the federal government wouldn’t do so on its own.

Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, offered to give the federal General Services Administration, the agency which manages the Customs House, a flag if necessary.

GSA officials could not be reached Monday for comment on the flag being replaced.

Mr. Nelson said a light will shine on it, allowing it to fly at night.

The building is the county’s oldest active federal building, and Ogdensburg’s oldest building. It was built in 1809 by David Parish, who used it as a store and wharf.

According to information on the GSA website, the building over the years has housed U.S. Customs offices, served as space for patrol assembly, housed radio, record and Customs files rooms, offices for the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, was a dorimitory for immigration officers and served as detention facilities.

It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974.

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