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Friday, February 8, 2013

The Golden Jewel

The Fifth House of Mail, Postal Palace, Mexico City 

The "Golden Jewel" of Mexico City is also known as The Old Post Office, The Postal Palace, and my favorite, The Fifth House of Mail, since it was the fifth building to house a  post office in the city! The Old Post Office has been in service since 1907. The building is an eclectic mix of several different architectural styles, designed by Italian Architect, Adamo Boari. On May 4, 1987, it was declared an Artist Monument. On November 4, 2012, La Senora declared it an Architectural Masterpiece!

Double Staircase
Below, Postal Service Windows

Side View of Staircase

Atrium Ceiling


Today our lives revolve around technology and we are spoiled by the speed in which we receive information. Why use "snail mail" when you can email? As post offices struggle to maintain their position in mail delivery, a walk through this post office is a tribute to the "handwritten word" and it's place in history. I still find it fascinating that you can drop a letter into a mail box in one state or country and have it hand delivered in another. When is the last time you received a handwritten note or letter in your mailbox? Do you know the name of your postal carrier? No, "Internet Explorer" does not count! Sooner, rather than later, we will be saying, "remember when" and a younger generation will be asking, "what is a post office"...........

La Senora

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