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United States Post Office and Courthouse - Pittsburgh, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
N 40° 26.565 W 079° 59.642
17T E 585312 N 4477386
Quick Description: A large courthouse and post office in downtown Pittsburgh.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 11/24/2017 12:44:23 AM
Waymark Code: WMX42W
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
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Long Description:
Taken from Wikipedia, "The U.S. Post Office and Courthouse is a Beaux Arts style building located at 700 Grant Street, Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. It is a courthouse of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. As the steel industry boomed in Pittsburgh during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the population of the city grew. New residents required federal services, so Pittsburgh native and Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. Mellon helped to allocate funds for a new federal building in his hometown. Mellon supported the construction of a building that would represent the rise of Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania to national political and economic prominence.[3]

The New York architectural firm of Trowbridge & Livingston designed the building under the auspices of Supervising Architect of the Treasury James A. Wetmore. Construction commenced in 1931 but stopped shortly thereafter due to a labor dispute. The strike ended and construction resumed on June 8, 1932. The building was erected over the rail line in order to eliminate transporting mail to and from stations. It was completed and opened to the public on October 13, 1934 amid much fanfare, as was typical for federal building dedications during the Depression era, when federal buildings were symbols of hope for economic recovery and social stability. The Western District of Pennsylvania gaveled in its first court session in the building on November 7, 1934.[4] Referred to as the New Federal Building until 1964, when another federal building was built across the street, it was the city's main postal distribution center until the majority of postal functions moved to a new facility in 1983. General Services Administration (GSA) acquired the building the following year.[3]

During the 20th century, the building underwent several significant interior alterations, which included the addition of new courtrooms and the removal of the train tracks. Renovations that began in 2002 involved the modernization of existing courtrooms and the installation of six new courtrooms and judge's chambers to accommodate the growing needs of the courts. Lobby spaces were restored, and the building's exterior was cleaned and re-pointed.[3]

The U.S. Post Office and Courthouse is a contributing building in the Pittsburgh Central Downtown Historic District, which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Ten years later, the building was individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[1] The renovation design received a citation at the 2001 GSA Design Awards Ceremony.[3]

The Grant Street Station Post Office, which had been in the Seventh Avenue section of the building since its opening, closed permanently at 2:00 p.m. EST on Saturday Afternoon, February 15, 2014. Glenn A. Walsh, who had leased a post office box in this Post Office for more than 25 years, was the last member of the general public in the Post Office at the time of closing. Postal operations are scheduled to resume at a down-sized post office on Tuesday Morning, February 18, 2014 (after Presidents' Day when the post office is normally closed) at a storefront in an arcade between the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel and the Federated Tower (1001 Liberty Avenue, Suite R20, Pittsburgh PA 15222).

The new Liberty Center Station Post Office will include the post office boxes and all other postal services previously offered at the Grant Street Station Post Office. Window and Lobby service will remain the same as the Grant Street Station until Saturday, March 8, 2014 when Window service on Saturdays will be eliminated, and weekday Window service will begin one hour later (8:00 a.m. instead of the current 7:00 a.m.). Lobby service will also be reduced one hour on weekdays (from the current 6:00 a.m. opening to 7:00 a.m.) and Saturday Lobby service will only be available 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon (from the current hours 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)."
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