ABOUT THE BUILDING
The Bronx General Post Office, formerly known as the Bronx Central Annex, began construction in the year 1935 and was designed by architect Thomas Harlan Ellett. Completed in 1937, the majestic building was originally where all of The Bronx’s mail was sorted before delivery. Its cool gray brick facade, granite terrace, and marble arches are a crown jewel of pre-war civic architecture.
Listed as a New York City Landmark in 1976 and officially added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the post office’s interior features a series of 13 mural panels by Ben and Bernarda Shahn inspired by Walt Whitman’s seminal poem “I Hear America Singing”— a celebration of the country’s work ethic that gains new meaning as the building enters a new era.