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  • I love it. So stately, so grand. It sort of reminds me of the Plaza Hotel in NYC.

  • it’s very cool but woefully underutilized. i think there’s a food court of about the same quality as Landmark Plaza in there along with a segway dealer.

  • I’m a great fan of Richardsonian Romanesque buildings; unfortunately, Washington does not have that many of them. (One place that does: Glasgow.) It’s a shame that the interior is so under-utilized. I was there the day that the food court opened to great acclaim and massive crowds in October 1982. Unfortunately, the fare offered was fairly mediocre and the place went downhill pretty quickly. I go downtown all the time but not have been inside the Post Office building in years.

  • Lovely building and nice pictures

  • I love this building – I went in it for the first time last month during Standardized Testing season. I was put in charge of bringing 9th graders outside of the school building for a week of field trips so they wouldn’t bother the 10th graders. I must’ve rode the elevator to the top of the observation tower at least 15 times… all my kids were so scared of heights. You could tell they were from DC because they had never been in a taller building.

  • Agree w/ Eric – the interior of this building is a sad, sad place given its beautiful architecture.

  • I was in that building in 1980 on a tour, lots of peeling paint then, the skylight was once painted black and had a metal roof, a holdover possibly from blackout drills from World War II, and the exterior had a grimy appearance as the building survived several demolition attempts, first in the Thirties, for the Federal Traingle, then in the Sixties when the Federal Government almost tore it down except for the clock tower, saved by what is now DC Preservation League (then Don’t Tear It Down) iin 1971 when a DC official put the demolition permit in his desk, as the city and the feds came around and saw its beauty.

  • What a waste of a great space. This should be a major retail destination. Instead, it’s a magnet for abusive street people.

  • What’s nice about it is that you can go up to the top of the tower in an elevator. You get the same view from the top of the Washington Monument but there’s never a line (or anyone there for that matter).

  • A great example of why the federal government needs to relax its security protocols. This building could be the anchor of such a wonderful outdoor retail/dining plaza that would really contribute to city life. I can envision things like a music festival and children friendly performances, nighttime beer gardens and the like. What a vibrant street this could be, if only the government would either move out of that building or relax moratoria on outdoor retail and seating.

  • I would like to also see a relaxation of security, necessitated by 9/11 as it will be onerous to dislodge the Federal Government (National Endowment of the Arts), if they are the same tenants as before
    The addition of The Old Post Office Building wedged between the IRS Building should have first priority possibly as a market as it is unused, as years ago not far away, Center Market stood where the Archives is now, like the beloved Eastern Market, only bigger.
    A good mix of retail would be a plus, retaining the existing tenants with rehabilitation if necessary, as high end is not always a reasonable expectation, why I prefer a diverse clientele there.

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