Old Post Office (Buffalo, New York)

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U.S. Post Office
Old Post Office Buffalo NY Dec 09.JPG
Old Post Office, Buffalo NY, December 2009
Old Post Office (Buffalo, New York) is located in New York
Old Post Office (Buffalo, New York)
Old Post Office (Buffalo, New York) is located in the US
Old Post Office (Buffalo, New York)
Location 121 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, New York[2]
Coordinates 42°52′53″N 78°52′22″W / 42.88139°N 78.87278°W / 42.88139; -78.87278Coordinates: 42°52′53″N 78°52′22″W / 42.88139°N 78.87278°W / 42.88139; -78.87278
Built 1897
Architect Taylor, James Knox
Architectural style Gothic
NRHP Reference # 72000839[1]
Added to NRHP March 16, 1972

The Old Post Office, also known as U.S. Post Office, is a historic post office building located at 121 Ellicott Street in Buffalo in Erie County, New York.


Formerly the tallest building in the city of Buffalo from 1901 to 1912. It was designed by the Office of the Supervising Architect of the old U.S. Post Office Department during the tenure of Jeremiah O'Rourke when construction started in 1897. The $1,500,000 building opened in 1901 during the tenure of James Knox Taylor and operated as Buffalo's central post office until 1963. The highly ornamented Gothic Revival style four story building features a 244-foot tower over the central entrance. The main feature of the interior is a roofed courtyard. It was subsequently occupied by various federal offices.[3] Since 1981, it has been home to the city campus of the Erie Community College.

Its tower is 244 feet (74 m) tall.[2][4]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places maintained by the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1972 as "U.S. Post Office".[1]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Old Post Office". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  3. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2016-07-01.  Note: This includes T. Robins Brown (n.d.). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: U.S. Post Office" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-01.  and Accompanying three photographs
  4. ^ "Old Post Office". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 

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Preceded by
Guaranty Building
Tallest Building in Buffalo
Succeeded by
Electric Tower