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Boston's Dazzling Cliff: John W. McCormack U.S. Post Office and Courthouse

The 1933 John W. McCormack U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, is one of the more than 200 legacy properties under GSA's stewardship. The film is part of GSA's efforts to support the Executive Order 13287, "Preserve America", which encourages Americans to explore and enjoy our nation's heritage. 

Constructed in 1933, the monumental building was designed by the renowned Boston architectural firm Cram and Ferguson in conjunction with the supervising architect of the U.S. Treasury. It remains one of Boston’s best examples of the art deco style of architecture. A rehabilitation project completed in 2009 preserved original features, while at the same time creating sustainable features that will ensure the building endures. The building achieved a Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design gold certification through both design and construction elements that support sustainability.

The film was produced for the Center for Historic Buildings, Office of the Chief Architect by the Video and Broadcasting Team, Office of Citizen Services and Communications. DVD copies are available by contacting

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