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build your own old post officeBuild Your Own Old Post Office Postcard

This Richardsonian Romanesque building, designed by architect Willoughby J. Edbrooke, opened in 1899 as Washington D.C.’s main post office. By 1914, postal services had moved on to larger quarters and the building became known as the “Old” Post Office. Architectural fashion had moved by then, too, and the Federal Triangle was being redeveloped in neoclassical style. Only a lack of funds prevented the building’s demolition. In the 1970s, preservationists rallied to save the building and list it on the National Register of Historic Places. This card includes all pieces and instructions necessary to make a complete paper model at 1:2000 scale, approx. 2" tall. It is mailable, with space on the reverse for a stamp, address and a message. Each card also includes a short but informative description of the landmark the model represents. Instructions are included in the form of multi-lingual isometric diagrams.  Build Your Own Chicago and Build Your Own New York series are also available.

Size: card--4-5/8" x 6 3/4"

Design: Matt Bergstrom

Code: 33225

Member price: $1.80


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