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105 North First Street

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.

Stairwell inside St James Park Post Office, San Jose

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.

Ceiling inside St James Park Post Office, San Jose

Ceiling inside St James Park Post Office, San Jose

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.

Exterior, St James Park Post Office, San Jose

Exterior, St James Park Post Office, San Jose

Exterior, St James Park Post Office, San Jose

I may go back again and see if I can get some better pictures, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy these.

Outside the St James Park Post Office, San Jose

6 replies »

  1. If memory serves, Sal was saying when he was a boy growing up in San Jose, the city jail was in the basement of that post office.

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