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:
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.
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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
Also see . . .
1. Ariel Rios. (Submitted on November 17, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
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. • Communications • Government • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,359 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 17, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 7. submitted on August 14, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 8. submitted on November 17, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.