General Post Office (Washington, D.C.)

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General Post Office
Hotel Monaco.JPG
General Post Office (Washington, D.C.) is located in Washington, D.C.
General Post Office (Washington, D.C.)
Location E and F Sts. between 7th and 8th Sts., NW, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°53′48″N 77°1′22″W / 38.89667°N 77.02278°W / 38.89667; -77.02278Coordinates: 38°53′48″N 77°1′22″W / 38.89667°N 77.02278°W / 38.89667; -77.02278
Built 1839
Architect Robert Mills (architect) & Thomas U. Walter
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body General Services Administration
NRHP Reference # 69000311
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 24, 1969[1]
Designated NHL November 11, 1971[2]

The General Post Office, also known as the Tariff Commission Building, is a building in Washington, D.C. that is currently used as the Hotel Monaco.


Robert Mills designed the General Post Office, completed in 1842. Thomas U. Walter oversaw the General Post Office's expansion from in 1855 to 1866. The General Post Office moved out in 1897. The General Land Office was a tenant from 1897 to 1917. The National Selective Service Board was a tenant in 1919. The Tariff Commission was a tenant from 1932 to 1988.[3][2] The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.[2][4]

In 2002, Michael Stanton Architecture in partnership with the Kimpton Group was selected by the General Services Administration to convert the building into a 184-room hotel, known as the Washington Monaco Hotel. The Washington Monaco Hotel was honored with the Washington DC Mayor's Award for Historic Preservation, the Business Week / Architectural Record Award, the GSA Heritage Award for Adaptive Use, and the GSA Heritage Award for Conservation and Restoration.[5][6]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "General Post Office". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  3. ^ "U.S. International Tarrif Building/Hotel Monaco, Washington, DC", GSA
  4. ^ W. Brown Morton III and Nancy C. Taylor (March 8, 1970). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Tariff Commission Building / General Post Office PDF (32 KB). National Park Service.  and Accompanying four photos, exterior, from 1971 PDF (32 KB)
  5. ^ "Architectural Preservation Services: News - Recent News Updates from APS". Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  6. ^ Hotel Monaco Washington, D.C.

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