San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Main Post Office
This beautiful building was designed by Ralph Wyckoff to house San José’s Main Post Office. It was built as a W.P.A. project in 1933 and is a prime example of Depression-Era federal construction. The terra cotta work on the building’s exterior is particularly fine. Although the Main Post Office has since been moved, this building continues to serve as the downtown branch post office.
Erected by City of San Jose.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately 📭, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1933.
Location. 37° 20.276′ N, 121° 53.518′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on North 1st Street near West St. John Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the sidewalk in front of the post office building which is located at the intersection of North 1st Street and West St. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Jose CA 95113, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Santa Clara County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trinity Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away); St. James Park (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Trinity Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away); Henry Morris Naglee (about 400 feet away); Labor Temple (about 500 feet away); First Church of Christ, Scientist (about 600 feet away); Birthplace of A.P. Giannini (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
More about this marker. This marker and building are Site #16 on the San Jose Downtown History Walk.
Also see . . .
1. The San Jose Downtown History Walk. This bulding is featured along with 30 additional historic sites located in downtown San Jose. (Submitted on April 25, 2010.)
2. St. James Park (San Jose). Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 29, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 745 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 25, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.