The U.S. Post Office that is adjacent to St. James Park in San Jose is a splendid building. At first glance, it is quite austere. It is very large, with grand entrances, very high ceilings, and lots of dark wood panelling. It reminds me of some 19th-century banks that were designed to be intimidating.
I was there in November and while standing in line I realized that the place had a lot of endearing features and I took a few pictures. The stairs have a lovely handrail which is of a style rarely seen these days. Then I noticed the ceilings which are amazing! It is worth a visit just to look at that wood marquetry. I had to use a flash because the interior is quite dark, but I think my photos will give you a sense of the varied and colourful detail.
The exterior also has lots of decorative embellishments that people don’t normally notice as they go in and out to send and collect their mail. There are relief patterns of various kinds above the doorway and on faux pillars beside the doors.
I may go back again and see if I can get some better pictures, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy these.