Ferry Station Post Office Building

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Ferry Station Post Office Building
Ferry Station Post Office (San Francisco).jpg
Ferry Station Post Office in 2008
Ferry Station Post Office Building is located in California
Ferry Station Post Office Building
Ferry Station Post Office Building is located in the United States
Ferry Station Post Office Building
Location101 The Embarcadero at Mission St., San Francisco, California
Coordinates37°47′39″N 122°23′28″W / 37.79417°N 122.39111°W / 37.79417; -122.39111Coordinates: 37°47′39″N 122°23′28″W / 37.79417°N 122.39111°W / 37.79417; -122.39111
Area0.6 acres (0.24 ha)
Built1915 (1915)
ArchitectA. A. Pyle
Architectural styleMediterranean
NRHP reference No.78000756
Added to NRHPDecember 1, 1978

The Ferry Station Post Office Building, also known as the Agriculture Building, is a historic building in San Francisco, California, United States. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1978.


The building is located on the Embarcadero in the SoMa District, at the foot of Mission Street.[1][2] Designed by A. A. Pyle of the California Board of State Harbor Commissioners, it is a two-story steel-framed building[3] in Mediterranean Revival style reminiscent of a palazzo,[4] of brick with trompe-l'œil stone trim of terracotta.[1][2] It has a reinforced concrete foundation resting on a wharf built at the same time and supported on wood pilings.[3] An arch over the double entrance doors has a phoenix and a flagpole in the center. The upper story is decorated with two terracotta shields and with patterned brick panels.[3]


It was constructed in 1915 as the main post office for San Francisco, with mail arriving by water and then being distributed by streetcar.[1] Construction cost $31,981.50; the contract was signed on October 22, 1914, and it was completed on May 6, 1915.[3] It was enlarged at the rear in 1918. In 1925 it ceased to be a post office and was used for transportation company offices; in 1933 it was transferred to the state Agriculture Department.[3][4] It was Amtrak's San Francisco terminal, with buses connecting to trains at Oakland and Emeryville,[2] until March 2015, when this moved to the Temporary TransBay Terminal pending completion of the Transbay Transit Center.[5]

The Ferry Station Post Office Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 1, 1978.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "National Register of Historic Places in San Francisco: National Register #78000756: Ferry Station Post Office". NoeHill. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Application, National Register of Historic Places, Port of San Francisco Embarcadero Historic District: Section 7" (PDF). January 2006. pp. 59, 150–51.
  4. ^ a b United States Urban Mass Transportation Administration; San Francisco Municipal Railway; San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (August 1989). Muni Metro Turnaround Project, San Francisco: Final Environmental Impact Statement. San Francisco: Urban Mass Transportation Administration, Western Area Office. p. 86. OCLC 76954634.
  5. ^ Mike Barnbaum (2015-02-07). "San Francisco Amtrak Station Will Move". Rail Passenger Association of California and Nevada.

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