Historic Lobby

Building Architecture

An Architectural Masterpiece
The architectural firm of D.H. Burnham & Co. designed this building in classic Beaux Arts style.

New Post Office post card.
New Post Office post card.
Above: New Post Office post card.

The building complements its next-door neighbor, Union Station—also designed by Burnham & Co. Daniel Burnham, the company’s founder, developed the National Mall and many other prominent Washington sites.

The post office and its next-door neighbor, Union Station.
The post office and its next-door neighbor, Union Station.
Above: The post office and its next-door neighbor, Union Station.

The building's classic Beaux Arts style facade.
The building's classic Beaux Arts style facade.
Above: The building's classic Beaux Arts style facade.

The historic lobby formerly served as the main service area of the Washington City Post Office. The USPS renovated the lobby in 1989, restoring every foot of the space to its original grandeur.

Historic Lobby, 2013.
Historic Lobby, 2013.
Above: Historic Lobby, 2013.

Torchère example
Torchère example
Above: Torchère example

Design in the Details

These examples of Beaux Arts symmetry and neo-classical style can be found in the Historic Lobby.

Example of the marble tables found in the Historic Lobby.
Example of the marble tables found in the Historic Lobby.
Above: Example of the marble tables found in the Historic Lobby.

Columned archway.
Columned archway.
Above: Columned archway.

Marble stairway.
Marble stairway.
Above: Marble stairway.

Bronze door detail.
Bronze door detail.
Above: Bronze door detail.

The Building’s architecture got a colorful addition in 2013 with the launch of
Windows into America. »

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