General Post Office Building

ID: 2004-10346 or 84-14248-1

Creator: Ploskonka, Jeffrey

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1984

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4 Folder December 1984

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The General Post Office Building was built between 1839 and 1859 and occupied the entire block between E, F and 7th and 8th Streets, N.W. The building was the first all-marble structure in Washington. It was later known as the Tariff Commission building. In 1984 the building was made available for use by the Smithsonian Institution but was not pursued. The building was later leased by General Services Administration to a group who converted the space into a hotel.


  • General Post Office Building
  • Tariff Office Building
  • United States General Services Administration


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Featured in TORCH, December 1984
  • The original negative number is 84-14248-1, but that negative could not be located. The new digital number, 2004-10346, is a slightly cropped version of that original.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4 Folder December 1984

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,



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ID Number

2004-10346 or 84-14248-1

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Architectural; Medium: Photographic print

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