Downtown in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Old Post Office
Besides housing the U.S. courts and other federal agencies, the building once included a soundproof pistol range where Treasury agents practiced. An underground tunnel connected the building to the Federal Reserve Bank across the street.
Through the persistent efforts of Jerome Goldfein, Real Estate Officer for Baltimore City, the federal government was persuaded to give the building to the City in 1979, provided that it be maintained as an historic landmark.
The first post office on this side, completed in 1889, was in the Italian Renaissance style, with a mansard roof and nine decorative towers (below). During the Great Fire of 1904, postal employees withstood immense heat to save the building by dousing its windows with buckets of water.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers, and the Postal Mail and Philately series lists.
Location. 39° 17.448′ N, 76° 36.732′ W. Marker is in Downtown in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on North Calvert Street (Maryland Route 2), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 North Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Discover Baltimore: The Monumental City (a few steps from this marker); The Battle Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore City Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Equitable Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lenore (within shouting distance of this marker); The Munsey Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Cecilius Calvert (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,558 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 13, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 3, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.