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Old Post Office Pavilion and Clock Tower in Washington, DC

Preserving a Historic Landmark Building in the Nation's Capital


Old Post Office Pavilion

Old Post Office Pavilion

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The Old Post Office Pavilion, built in 1899 and restored as a shopping destination in 1978, offers a birds-eye view of Washington, DC from its 315 foot observation deck. The 10-story building is located in the heart of Washington, DC between the White House and the U. S. Capitol Building and is convenient to many of the city’s hotels, museums, national monuments, and other attractions. Donald J. Trump has signed a contract to restore the building and transform it into a luxury hotel. The redevelopment is expected to begin in 2014 with the hotel opening scheduled in 2016. Read more about the Trump International Hotel.

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC 20004
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(202) 289-4224

Metro: Federal Triangle or Metro Center stations.

Clock Tower Tours
The Clock Tower 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 while the entire building undergoes major renovations. It is expected to reopen in 2016.

The tower ranks third in height among the buildings in Washington DC. At the 270 foot level, there is an observation deck allowing visitors an awe-inspiring view of Washington D.C. and the surrounding area. Beneath the observation deck is the a century old tower clock. On the tenth floor are the beautiful Bells of Congress which are replicas of those at London’s Westminster Abbey and were a Bicentennial gift from the Ditchley Foundation in England.

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