United States Post Office-Bronx Central Annex

Bronx Central Annex-U.S. Post Office
Bronx Post Office, March 2010
Location 558 Grand Concourse, New York, New York
Area 1.5 acres (0.61 ha)
Built 1935
Architect Ellett, Thomas Harlan; Shahn, Ben
Governing body U.S. Postal Service
NRHP Reference # 80002584[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 6, 1980
Designated NYCL September 14, 1976

Bronx Central Annex-U.S. Post Office is a historic post office building located at the Bronx, New York, United States. It was built from 1935 to 1937, and designed by consulting architect Thomas Harlan Ellett (1880-1951) for the Office of the Supervising Architect. Constructed of smooth gray brick and is surrounded by a granite terrace, the building features graceful window openings set within marble arches. On the terrace are two sculptures dating to 1936: "The Letter" by Henry Kreis and "Noah" by Charles Rudy. The interior features 13 mural panels inspired by Walt Whitman's poem I See America Working. They were executed by Ben Shahn (1898-1969) and his wife Bernarda Bryson Shahn (1903-2004) and were completed in August 1939.[2]

It was listed as a New York City Landmark on September 14, 1976,[3] and on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

The U.S. Postal Service may sell this office to cut costs and move it to another location.[4]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Donald J. Framberger, Joan R. Olshansky, and Elizabeth Spencer-Ralph (September 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Bronx Central Annex-U.S. Post Office". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-10-01.  See also: "Accompanying seven photos". 
  3. ^ Bronx Post Office (New York City Landmark Preservation Commission)
  4. ^ "US Postal Service Considering Selling Historic Bronx Office". NY1. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 

External links

  • Bronx Annex described at Lehman College Art Gallery

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