Friday, April 17, 2015

Photos on Friday: Views of the Old Post Office

The Old Post Office is one of my favorite structures in Washington D.C. Designed by Willoughby J. Edbrooke and built in 1899, it is located in the "Federal Triangle" and served as the U.S.'s central Post Office until 1914. Over the years it sadly was not used and was even almost razed twice - once in the 1930s and then again in the 1970s. Saved in the early 1970s, the building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Currently, The Trump Organization has made a deal with GSA for a 60-year lease. The building is currently being renovated to serve as a luxury hotel. For years it has been underused it seems. When I took the elevator up the clock tower a couple of years back, it looked like many of the rooms were just filled with boxes.

This is what the Old Post Office looked like last week - you can see evidence of construction going on (but not in these photos) and all of the windows are covered.

To learn more about the building's history and see photos of other sides of the building (and from the clock tower), I invite you to visit an earlier more detailed post I'd written.

I tried to capture the entire side of the building in this shot (before heading into the Federal Triangle Metro Station). My other post mentioned in the intro of this blog has views of the building's front.

Standing looking up

View of the Clock Tower from the center of the National Mall (in front of the Smithsonian Museums)

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