James A. Farley Post Office, New York, NY

James A. Farley Post Office

Take a look at the James A. Farley Post Office, one of the most famous post offices in the United States. Farley is the main post office in New York City. It sits on two city blocks and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

James A. Farley Post Office from 8th Avenue

The building was built in 1912 and opened as a post office in 1914. It was expanded in 1934, under the leadership of Postmaster General James Farley, for whom the post office is now named. The building is built in Beaux-Arts style. Perhaps the most impressive feature on the building is the massive Corinthian collonade, which drips down from the front of the building providing an impressive view for anyone walking around the Madison Square Garden area. The colonnade is the longest giant order Corinthian collonade in the world.

Collonade and Part of the Inscription

The building also bears the famous inscription, “Neither rain nor snow nor heat nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Many people believe the inscription is the motto of the U.S. Postal Service. That is not true. The idea for the inscrpition was provided by William Mitchell Kendall, one of the building’s architects. Kendall took it from the ancient historian Herodotus. Herodotus used the phrase to describe the Persian postal system, in his book “Histories.”

Interior of the Farley Post Office

The post office used to feature 24-hour window service. That was stopped in 2009 due to decreasing mail traffic. The building remains one of the few post offices open 7 days a week, although there is no window service on holidays.

A Mail Stagecoach inside the Farley Post Office

There are a few interesting historical artifacts inside the Farley Post Office, including this old mail coach. It was used to deliver mail in rural areas. There are also mailboxes from Europe.

Another View of the Farley Post Office

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