The Old Post Office Pavilion

Built in 1899, the Old Post Office Pavilion was once the largest government building in Washington D.C. It was the first public building with a clock tower and electric power. Only eighteen years after it was built, people began referring to it as “old” because a new post office had been constructed at Union Station.

The old post office was slated for demolition in the 1920s, but the Depression saved the building, which many now appreciate for its design. The building houses a number of shops, a food court, and the office of TICKETplace (202-TICKETS) where you can buy half-price tickets for concert and theater events the day of the show. The Clock Tower is open for tours and offers a splendid view of the city from a vantage point that is the second highest in the city (after the Washington Monument). A statue of Benjamin Franklin stands outside the building to remind us that he was our first postmaster general.

Location and Hours

The pavilion is located on Pennsylvania Avenue NW and is accessible from the Federal Triangle Metro station (Orange or Blue Line). Free self-guided tours are available Monday to Saturday between 8 A.M. and 8 P.M., and Sunday from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M.

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