Forest Hills Station Post Office – Forest Hills NY

City:
Forest Hills, New York City, Queens, NY

Site Type:
Federal Facilities, Post Offices

New Deal Agencies:
Treasury Department, Federal & Military Operations

Started:
1937

Completed:
1937

Designers:
Lorimer Rich, Louis A. Simon

Quality of Information:
Very Good

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

The Forest Hills Station post office was built in 1937.  It was designed by Lorimer Rich consulting architect to the Office of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury Department, Louis Simon. The single story, flat roofed building is done in Modern or International Style, clad with reddish brown terra cotta above a base of granite. (Wikipedia)

Professor Andrew Dolkart of Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation says, admiringly, that the “Forest Hills Station is a simple, Modern design. It is basically two cubes that have collided… It is mystery…just how the government chose to fund this project, at a time when most post offices were Colonial Revival.”

A bas-relief sculpture by Sten Jacobsen is mounted above the front entrance.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

Source notes

"GSAPP: Andrew S. Dolkart", last accessed March 2016 Wikipedia: "US Post Office Forest Hills, Queens", last accessed March 2016 US Post Offices in New York State, 1858-1943. National Register of Historic Places.

Site originally submitted by Evan Kalish on May 5, 2013.

Location Info


106-28 Queens Blvd.
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Coordinates: 40.721622, -73.84691

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One comment on “Forest Hills Station Post Office – Forest Hills NY

  1. What does the time on the base relief signify? Looks like 12:20 or 4:00.

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