Old Post Office Pavilion & Clock Tower in Washington DC

A Historic Landmark Building in the Nation's Capital

Old Post Office Pavilion
••• Old Post Office Pavilion. © 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 Trump organization and reopened as a luxury hotel in late 2016. Read more about the Trump International Hotel. 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. See a map

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 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. To learn more about the city's architecture, see a guide to 25 Historic Buildings in Washington DC.