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Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

U. S. Post Office Department

Ariel Rios Federal Building

 

—Woodrow Wilson Plaza —

 
Inscription above the frieze, center, west side entablature: image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 23, 2011
1. Inscription above the frieze, center, west side entablature:
Inscription.
Inscription above the frieze, center, west side entablature:

The Post Office Department, in its ceaseless labors, pervades every channel of commerce and every theatre of human enterprise, and while visiting, as it does kindly every fireside, mingles with the throbbings of almost every heart in the land. In the amplitude of its beneficence, it ministers to all climes and creeds and pursuits with the same eager readiness and with equal fullness of fidelity. It is the delicate ear trump through which alike nations and families and isolated individuals whisper their joys and their sorrows, their convictions and their sympathies to all who listen for their coming.

Inscription above the frieze, north end, west side entablature:

Colonial Post, 1691 – Continental Post Office, 1775 –
United States Post Office, 1789 – Express Mail, 1836 –
Postage Stamps, 1847 - Registered Mail, 1855 –
Railway Mail Service, 1862 – City Delivery, 1863.

Inscription above the frieze, south end, west side entablature:

Postal money orders, 1864 – Foreign Money Orders, 1867 – Special Delivery, 1885 – Rural Delivery, 1896
Postal Savings, 1911 – Village Delivery, 1912 – Parcel Post, 1913 – Air Mail, 1918.
Inscription above the frieze, north end, west side entablature image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 23, 2011
2. Inscription above the frieze, north end, west side entablature

 
Erected 1934 by U.S. General Services Administration.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.63′ N, 77° 1.754′ W. Marker is in Downtown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 13th Street, NW north of Constitution Avenue, NW. Click for map. The plaza is on the pedestrian extension of 13th Street, between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues - just west of the Federal Triangle Metro Station on 12th Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Arts and Artists (within shouting distance of this marker); Appointed Rounds (within shouting distance of this marker); The Division (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Preserving the Past (about 500 feet away); Daniel Patrick Moynihan Place (about 500 feet away); Keeping it Green (about 600 feet away); To the Memory of Oscar S. Straus (about 700 feet away); Permanence and Grandeur: Building the Federal Triangle (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Downtown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ariel Rios. (Submitted on November 17, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Inscription above the frieze, south end, west side entablature image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 23, 2011
3. Inscription above the frieze, south end, west side entablature

2. Ariel Rios Federal Building. (Submitted on November 17, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. (Submitted on November 18, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Federal Triangle; New Post Office; Old Post Office; U.S. Postal Service; Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site.
 
Categories. CommunicationsGovernmentNotable Buildings
 
The Ariel Rios Federal Building, known until 1971 as the "New Post Office" - image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 23, 2011
4. The Ariel Rios Federal Building, known until 1971 as the "New Post Office" -
headquarters of the U.S. Post Office Department.
viewed from Woodrow Wilson Plaza. Note the tip of the "Old" Post Office tower on 12th Street, visible, upper left.
"Woodrow Wilson Plaza" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 23, 2011
5. "Woodrow Wilson Plaza"
Inscription on wall in the outdoor performance area, above the below-ground food court.
Entrance to the Woodrow Wilson Memorial, in the Ronald Reagan Building image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 23, 2011
6. Entrance to the Woodrow Wilson Memorial, in the Ronald Reagan Building
Across the Woodrow Wilson Plaza from the Ariel Rios Federal Building.
East front of the Ariel Rios Federal Building off 12th Street at the Federal Triangle Metro Station image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 12, 2012
7. East front of the Ariel Rios Federal Building off 12th Street at the Federal Triangle Metro Station
The "Old" Post Office Building at 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 23, 2011
8. The "Old" Post Office Building at 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,349 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   7. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   8. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 10, 2016.
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