United States Post Office (Madison Square Station)

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United States Post Office
Madison Square Station
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United States Post Office (Madison Square Station) is located in New York City
United States Post Office (Madison Square Station)
Location 149-153 E. 23rd St., Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°44′22″N 73°59′2″W / 40.73944°N 73.98389°W / 40.73944; -73.98389Coordinates: 40°44′22″N 73°59′2″W / 40.73944°N 73.98389°W / 40.73944; -73.98389
Built 1937[2]
Architect Lorimer Rich
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body U.S. Postal Service
MPS US Post Offices in New York State, 1858-1943, TR
NRHP Reference # 88002364[1]
Added to NRHP May 11, 1989

The United States Post Office Madison Square Station is a historic post office building located at 149 East 23rd Street between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. In spite of the building's name, it is not located on Madison Square but about five blocks east (approximately 1/4 mile) along 23rd Street. The building runs through the block to East 24th Street, where there are loading docks and another much smaller and less formal public entrance.

The building was constructed in 1937, and was designed by Lorimer Rich for Louis A. Simon, the Supervising Architect of the Treasury.[2] It is a two to three story building clad on its main facade with polished "Dakota Mahogany" granite in the Classical Revival style. The main facade features six two-story Doric order piers and pilaster that surround the recessed entrance bays. The exterior also features five bronze relief sculptures by artists Edmond Amateis and Louis Slobodkin illustrating different forms of communication: from west to east, the god Mercury, jungle drums, mail, carrier pigeon, and smoke signals. The interior features eight murals executed between 1937 and 1939 by artist Kindred McLeary.[3]

The Madison Square Station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[1]


The central one of the five relief sculptures shows a mailman with mailbags
One of Kindred McLeary's murals, this one from the west wall of the main room



  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot (2000). AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.). New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0-8129-3107-5. , p.212
  3. ^ Gobrecht, Larry E. (July 1986). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Madison Square Station Post Office". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-10-01.  See also: "Accompanying 20 photos". 

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