Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The Old City Hall Post Office

I have several photobooks of old New York that I really enjoy, my favorite one of which is this one.

One of the most striking buildings of the late 19th Century city was the City Hall Post Office, which was constructed on the southern tip of what is now City Hall Park -- for those of you who know Manhattan, that's just west across Park Row from the current J&R mega-complex.

The monstrosity -- and I use that term affectionately -- was built beginning in 1875 at a cost of $10MM (including furniture). It was torn down in 1938-39. Here is a page of photos and depictions.

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