The General Post Office's spiral staircase

ID: 2004-10343

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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Looking upward through one of the General Post Office Building's spiral staircase. The General Post Office was later known as the Tariff Commission building. The building was made available for use by the Smithsonian Institution in 1984 which was not pursued. The building was leased by the General Services Administration in the late 1990s to a group who converted the space into a hotel preserving its elegant features such as this spiral staircase.


  • 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 84-14248-6, but because of the quailty of the original negative, the original photograph was re-scanned and given new negative and digital file numbers.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4 Folder December 1984

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



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

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