New York Post Office Building

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The lost City Hall Post Office and Courthouse building was erected in five stories, between 1869 and 1880. It was the home of the New York Post Office and also housed courtrooms and federal offices on the third and fourth floors. It was located in the southern part of City-Hall Park, in the intersection of Broadway and Park Row.

The former main Post Office was located in the Middle Dutch Church on Nassau Street. The new five-story building, with a mansard roof was designed by Alfred B. Mullett. It had a basement for sorting mail and a subbasement for machinery.

The building began to be occupied in the summer of 1875, before it was completed. On May 1, 1877, part of the roof fell on the upper floor, killing three men. By January 1878, the third-floor partitions on the Broadway side and the Park Row side cracked. Repairs were finished in 1880.

By 1938, the Post Office was removed to a renovated building in the Grand Central Station complex and the old building at City Hall Park was demolished in 1939.


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Excavation for the foundation of the Post Office. Engraving published by Harper's Weekly, October 23, 1869. Collection of the New-York Historical Society.


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The New York Post Office Building circa 1906. Source: The New York Times photo archives.


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The New York Post Office Building as seen from the City Hall Park, with the Jacob Wrey Mould Fountain, installed in 1871 (source King's Handbook of New York City, 1893).


The New York Post Office Building in a 19th century illustration (1887) published by the New York Life Insurance Company. Source NYPL.


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