John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse

exterior shot of the mccormack building with the three towers and green roof visible

Facilities Status

The John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse at 5 Post Office Square in Boston is currently closed to the public. However, Bankruptcy Court is open to the public, and USCIS is open to the public by appointment only. It will open to the public on July 6.

5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109
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The John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse, adjacent to Post Office Square in Boston's Financial District, is a 22-story Art Deco building. Originally named the U.S. Post Office, Courthouse, and Federal Building, it was rededicated in 1972 as the John W. McCormack U.S. Post Office and Courthouse in honor of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Property Manager:
Daniel Fisher
Public Hours:
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.. - 5 p.m.. (except federal holidays)
Public Access:
Screening

Amenities:

  • McCormack Fitness Center (membership required)
  • Hanscom Federal Credit Union
  • Vending Machines
  • Federal Occupational Health nurse
  • Green roof
  • Bike storage

Key Tenants: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Trustees, U.S. Department of Justice - Bankruptcy Court; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Social Security Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of the Interior

Parking and Public Transportation

Walking distance from the red, orange, green, an blue subway stations. 0.4 miles from South Station Commuter Rail. Several public parking garages within walking distance.

History and Architectural Features

The John W. McCormack U.S.. Post Office and Courthouse (POCH) was constructed in downtown Boston in 1931-1933 as a monumental expression of the city's regional and national stature. It replaced a handsome but overcrowded Second Empire style Post Office and Sub-Treasury Building that had occupied the site since the early 1870s. The building was featured in the September 1933 issue of Architectural Forum magazine devoted to, "The Planning of Public Buildings." An extensive building renovation was completed in 2009. This project included a roof replacement, new energy efficient windows, mechanical and electrical systems upgrades, new exterior insulation, a green roof, and office space modernization.

Art and Architecture

The GSA Art in Architecture Program commissions the nation’s leading artists to create large-scale works of art for new federal buildings.
"Justice is the Guarantee of Liberty" by artist Richmond K. Fletcher. Commissioned in 1934.

Landmark Status

Eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Last Reviewed: 2021-06-14