Library Of Congress
Library Of CongressPublic Domain ArchivePart of Not developed or endorsed by the Library of Congress
  • searchSearch
  • photo_albumStories
  • collectionsCollections
  • infoAbout
  • star_rateUpgrade
Scalemshouse, Christiansted Wharf Square vicinity, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI

Scalemshouse, Christiansted Wharf Square vicinity, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI

  • save_altThumbnail200x200
  • save_altSmall489x640
  • save_altMedium783x1024
  • save_altLarge1223x1600
  • save_altOriginal2935x3840


Significance: Christiansted was an important trading center in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the scalehouse was a central feature in the wharf area. The building is typical of the 19th-century architecture in the Danish West Indies.

Designed and constructed by building inspector Giellerup in 1856 to replace older Scale House. The Custom House has bearing masonry first floor, wood frame second floor and hipped roof. Typical of the island architecture are the heavy lime stuccoed yellow brick walls and the wood braced frame and exposed roof trusses. All openings are spanned in brick. The keystones and quoins, formed in brick, are accentuated by stucco. The concrete shed and metal roof are twentieth century additions.
Survey number: HABS VI-3
Building/structure dates: 1855- 1856 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1861 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: ca. 1888- ca. 1889 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1897 Subsequent Work



Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Schellerup, Ludvig
Lark, Martin
Thomas, B
Branegan, W
Iversen, Royal Blacksmith
Rogers, Andrei, delineator
Macioge, Frank A, delineator
Henle, Fritz, photographer
Boucher, Jack E, photographer
Overby, Osmund R, historian
Gjessing, Frederik C, historian


christiansted17.74664, -64.70320
Google Map of 17.7466397, -64.7031977


Library of Congress

Copyright info

No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted.

Explorew branegan

Explorewharf square vicinity