Mott Haven Station Post Office – Bronx NY


The historic Mott Haven Station post office in the Bronx on East 139th St. was one of several post offices in the borough constructed with federal Treasury Department funds during the New Deal era. The post office was initially known as New York, New York’s Station ‘X’ until its redesignation as Mott Haven Station on June 1, 1947.

This project was implemented by the Public Works Administration, and the building’s cornerstone dates an initial stage of construction to 1935. The building is still in service.

C.W. Short and R. Stanley-Brown:

This postal station is in the Bronx on East 139th Street and serves a territory bounded by the Harlem River on the west, the Bronx Kills on the south, the East River on the east, and 146th Street on the north. It serves a population of approximately 100,000 in an area of mixed residential and business character. Its postal receipts are approximately $300,000 annually.

It is a one and part two story building with a basement, and is entirely devoted to the use of the Post Office Department. The lobby is 20 by 49 feet and has a terrazzo floor, marble base and wainscot, and plaster above. Te construction is fireproof, the exterior walls being red brick with a low granite base and limestone trim. It is an extremely successful design. It was completed in October 1936 at a cost of $99,739. The P.W.A. allotment was $151,000 and the land cost was $45,000.

Project Details

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Source notes

C.W. Short and R. Stanley-Brown. "Public Buildings: A Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies Between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration." (1939).

Building cornerstone

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on August 15, 2017.

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Location Info

517 East 139th St.
Bronx, NY 10454

Coordinates: 40.808211, -73.918078

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