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St. Louis, Missouri Post Office
Photograph of the old four-story post office in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.

From 1884 until 1970, this Second Empire architectural gem was the U.S. Post Office in St. Louis, Missouri. Select the image to view full size in a new window.

Photo ©Teemu008, Creative Commons-licensed on flickr.com.


  • Opened: 1884, as part of Civil War Reconstruction
  • Original Function: U.S. Custom House, U.S. District Court, and Post Office
  • Architect: Alfred B. Mullett, who also designed the Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.
  • Architectural Style: Second Empire
  • Innovations: elevators; central heat; fireproof cast iron used throughout; a private railroad tunnel for mail
  • Preservation: The city post office closed in 1970 and the building fell into disrepair. Through a series of partnerships, developers preserved the building for adaptive reuse between 1998 and 2006.

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Source: St. Louis' U.S. Custom House & Post Office Building Associates, L.P. [accessed June 30, 2012]

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