Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Old Post Office Pavillion

The Old Post Office Pavilion is located on Pennsylvania Ave in Washington, D.C.

It's a really interesting and beautiful building that was built between 1892 and 1899.  It served as the post office for only 15 years before a new building was built.  Interestingly enough, there was a huge outcry that the building should be torn down.  The reason?  People then absolutely hated the building's look and design.  Pretty amazing considering it is such a spectacular old building.  Proof that tastes are ever evolving.

Anyway, the building was saved due to efforts of certain people here and there to preserve it, but also because of the Great Depression that stalled efforts to demolish it.  In the end, the building survived.  It is a very famous building in D.C.  It houses government offices, shops, and even has a bell tower that is the third tallest structure in D.C. (coming behind the Washington Monument and the Shrine of Immaculate Conception).

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of the Old Post Office.


(Front of building and statue of Benjamin Franklin who is considered the father of the Post Office.)



(Side angle.)

(Side angle.)

(Looking out towards the street from the entrance.)

(The sidewalk and plants outside of the building.)

(The amazing ceiling inside the building.)

(One of the views from the bell tower.  That's EPA buildings below and pennies on the ledge thrown by visitors.)

(Another view out of the bell tower showing the Washington Monument and Arlington beyond that.)

(I took this shot of the sun setting from the bell tower.)

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