United States Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Washington, D.C. Old Post Office Pavilion & Clock Tower in Washington DC A Historic Landmark Building in the Nation's Capital By Rachel Cooper Rachel Cooper Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Rachel Cooper is a travel writer who has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 25 years. She is also the author of several books covering the capital and mid-Atlantic regions. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 05/28/19 Share Pin Email Miller Taylor The Old Post Office Pavilion, built from 1982 to 1899, is a 10-story Romanesque Revival-style building, located in the heart of Washington, DC between the White House and the U. S. Capitol Building. It is prominently located near many of the city’s hotels, museums, national monuments, and other attractions. The historic property was restored by the Trump organization and reopened as a luxury hotel in late 2016. The Old Post Office Building is the second-tallest structure in the nation's capital, after the Washington Monument. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The building's glass-enclosed elevator on the clock tower's south side provides visitor access to the observation deck. Location Address: 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Washington, DC (202) 289-4224. Closest Metro: Federal Triangle or Metro Center stations. Old Post Office Pavilion Clock Tower Tours The Clock Tower offers a birds-eye view of Washington, DC from its 315-foot observation deck. It houses the Congress Bells, a Bicentennial gift from England commemorating the friendship between the two nations. National Park Service Rangers give free tours of the tower offering a sweeping 360-degree view. The Old Post Office Tower is closed to the public and should be opening soon. While The NPS has operated the tower since 1984 under an agreement with the General Services Administration. They are still working out the details for the reopening. Old Post Office Pavilion History 1892-99: The building was constructed to house the U.S. Post Office Department Headquarters and the city's post office. 1928: The building was slated for demolition due to the development of the Federal Triangle south of Pennsylvania Avenue. For the next 30 years, the building housed the offices for various government agencies. 1964: Plans to finish the Federal Triangle jeopardized the Old Post Office Building, prompting a vocal campaign to save the building. 1973: The Old Post Office Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 1976: In honor of the nation's Bicentennial, as a symbol of friendship, the Ditchley Foundation of Great Britain presented the Congress Bells, a set of English change ringing bells that were installed in the clock tower. 1977-83: The building was remodeled and reopened with a combination of Federal offices and retail spaces. 2014-16: The Old Post Office Pavilion was redeveloped by the Trump Organization and reopened as the Trump International Hotel, q 263-room luxury property with world-class restaurants, an expansive spa, ballroom and meeting facilities, a library, a museum, and indoor and outdoor gardens. The Old Post Office Pavilion is one of many of Washington DC's most iconic structures. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit All About the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC All History Buffs Should Visit These 25 DC Buildings Rock Creek Park: The Complete Guide See This, Not That: Lesser-Known Architecture Gems in the US A Neighborhood Guide to Chinatown in Washington, DC History of the National Mall, Washington DC Best Free Things to Do in Washington, D.C. Get to Know the Foggy Bottom Neighborhood of Washington DC The Most Architecturally Significant Building in Every State What to See and Do on DC's Capitol Hill Capitol Hill Photos : Images of Washington DC What You Need to Know About Visiting the White House Trump Hotels: The True Meaning of Presidential Suites! What to See and Do on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Golden Gate National Recreation Area: The Complete Guide The Best Monuments and Memorials in Washington, D.C.