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Grand Central Post Office Annex, Forty-fifth Street & Lexington Avenue, Southwest c, New York, New York County, NY



See 27 maps of this location


B&W Photos

HB923874
North And East Elevations, Looking Southwest

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East Elevation, Looking Northwest

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North Elevation, Looking Southeast

HB923877
North Elevation Detail Of West Bay Surround And Grillwork

HB923878
North Elevation

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South Elevation, Looking Northeast

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South Elevation, Looking Northwest

HB923881
Lightcourt, Looking Southeast From Roof

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Roof, Looking Northeast At Elevator Penthouse

HB923883
Roof, Looking Southeast

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Track Level, Looking Northeast

HB923885
Track Level, Looking Southeast

HB923886
Ground Story, Post Office Lobby Looking South In Lexington Avenue Arm

HB923887
Ground Story, Post Office Lobby Detail Of Desk Along East Wall In Lexington Avenue Arm

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Ground Story, Post Office Lobby Looking East Toward South Entrance Along Lexington Avenue Arm

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Ground Story, Post Office Lobby Detail Of Parcel Post Windows

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Ground Story, Post Office View Behind Windows

HB923891
Ground Story, Post Office Lobby Looking North In Lexington Avenue Arm

HB923892
Ground Story, Post Office Lobby Detail Of Post Office Boxes Along West Wall Of Lexington Avenue Arm

HB923893
Ground Story, Post Office Lobby Looking West In 45th Street Arm

HB923894
Ground Story, Looking Southwest In Elevator Lobby

HB923895
Ground Story, Detail Of Radiator Grille And Building Plaque

HB923896
Ground Story, Looking Southwest In Employee Lobby

HB923897
First Floor, Looking Northwest Toward Employee Entrance

HB923898
First Floor, Looking East In Work Area

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Second Floor, Looking Southeast At Sorting Stations

HB923900
Second Floor, Looking South At Sorting Stations From Overhead

HB923901
Second Floor, Looking Southwest At Sorting Equipment

HB923902
Third Floor, Looking Northeast In Elevator Lobby

HB923903
Third Floor, Looking Northeast At Sorting Stations

HB923904
Third Floor, Looking East At Sorting Stations

HB923905
Pipe Gallery, Looking South In Typical Corridor

HB923906
Pipe Gallery, Looking South In Room P-10

HB923907
Fourth Floor, Looking Northwest In East Elevator Lobby

HB923908
Fourth Floor, Looking East In Typical Corridor

HB923909
Fourth Floor, Looking Southwest In Cafeteria

HB923910
Fourth Floor, Looking North In Room 406

HB923911
Fifth Floor, Looking Northwest In East Elevator Lobby

HB923912
Fifth Floor, Looking Northeast In West Elevator Lobby

HB923913
Fifth Floor, Looking East In Typical Corridor

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Fifth Floor, Looking Southeast At Metal Partitions


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Location
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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS NY-6302
Building/structure dates: 1914 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1938 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1960 subsequent work
Significance: The Grand Central Post Office Annex was envisioned as a key element of the Grand Central Station complex, one of the most important example of monumental urban planning in the United States. Designed by the nationally significant architectural firm of Warren and Wetmore, in collaboration with the firm of Reed and Stem, the complex was built between 1903 and 1914 for a railroad cartel headed by the might New York Central Railroad. It included the massive Terminal itself, surrounded by raised traffic viaduct, the Post Office Annex, railroad offices on 45th street, and a vast underground network of tracks and platforms. The breadth of the project and the richness of its execution documents not only the tremendous wealth of the railroads during the period, but also their influence in shaping the image of American cities. The Annex was constructed as part of the complex to provide railroad-related office space on the upper floors while the lower stores were leased as a postal facility. The structure as built was only part of a much larger planned complex, although the intended extension to the south was never realized. In 1932, the federal government purchased the edifice from the New York Central. In 1937/38 the building underwent a major interior alteration under the direction of the United States Postal Service. Nonetheless, the classical granite and limestone building has maintained its prominence and civic character with the Lexington Avenue landscape.

Related Names
Reed & Stern
Warren & Wetmore
Wilgus, William


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. NORTH AND EAST ELEVATIONS, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
2. EAST ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTHWEST
3. NORTH ELEVATION, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
4. NORTH ELEVATION DETAIL OF WEST BAY SURROUND AND GRILLWORK
5. NORTH ELEVATION
6. SOUTH ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTHEAST
7. SOUTH ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTHWEST
8. LIGHTCOURT, LOOKING SOUTHEAST FROM ROOF
9. ROOF, LOOKING NORTHEAST AT ELEVATOR PENTHOUSE
10. ROOF, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
11. TRACK LEVEL, LOOKING NORTHEAST
12. TRACK LEVEL, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
13. GROUND STORY, POST OFFICE LOBBY LOOKING SOUTH IN LEXINGTON AVENUE ARM
14. GROUND STORY, POST OFFICE LOBBY DETAIL OF DESK ALONG EAST WALL IN LEXINGTON AVENUE ARM
15. GROUND STORY, POST OFFICE LOBBY LOOKING EAST TOWARD SOUTH ENTRANCE ALONG LEXINGTON AVENUE ARM
16. GROUND STORY, POST OFFICE LOBBY DETAIL OF PARCEL POST WINDOWS
17. GROUND STORY, POST OFFICE VIEW BEHIND WINDOWS
18. GROUND STORY, POST OFFICE LOBBY LOOKING NORTH IN LEXINGTON AVENUE ARM
19. GROUND STORY, POST OFFICE LOBBY DETAIL OF POST OFFICE BOXES ALONG WEST WALL OF LEXINGTON AVENUE ARM
20. GROUND STORY, POST OFFICE LOBBY LOOKING WEST IN 45TH STREET ARM
21. GROUND STORY, LOOKING SOUTHWEST IN ELEVATOR LOBBY
22. GROUND STORY, DETAIL OF RADIATOR GRILLE AND BUILDING PLAQUE
23. GROUND STORY, LOOKING SOUTHWEST IN EMPLOYEE LOBBY
24. FIRST FLOOR, LOOKING NORTHWEST TOWARD EMPLOYEE ENTRANCE
25. FIRST FLOOR, LOOKING EAST IN WORK AREA
26. SECOND FLOOR, LOOKING SOUTHEAST AT SORTING STATIONS
27. SECOND FLOOR, LOOKING SOUTH AT SORTING STATIONS FROM OVERHEAD
28. SECOND FLOOR, LOOKING SOUTHWEST AT SORTING EQUIPMENT
29. THIRD FLOOR, LOOKING NORTHEAST IN ELEVATOR LOBBY
30. THIRD FLOOR, LOOKING NORTHEAST AT SORTING STATIONS
31. THIRD FLOOR, LOOKING EAST AT SORTING STATIONS
32. PIPE GALLERY, LOOKING SOUTH IN TYPICAL CORRIDOR
33. PIPE GALLERY, LOOKING SOUTH IN ROOM P-10
34. FOURTH FLOOR, LOOKING NORTHWEST IN EAST ELEVATOR LOBBY
35. FOURTH FLOOR, LOOKING EAST IN TYPICAL CORRIDOR
36. FOURTH FLOOR, LOOKING SOUTHWEST IN CAFETERIA
37. FOURTH FLOOR, LOOKING NORTH IN ROOM 406
38. FIFTH FLOOR, LOOKING NORTHWEST IN EAST ELEVATOR LOBBY
39. FIFTH FLOOR, LOOKING NORTHEAST IN WEST ELEVATOR LOBBY
40. FIFTH FLOOR, LOOKING EAST IN TYPICAL CORRIDOR
41. FIFTH FLOOR, LOOKING SOUTHEAST AT METAL PARTITIONS


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