Montpelier - Federal Building, U.S. Post Office and Courthouse
87 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
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The Federal Building, U.S. Post Office, and Courthouse, located in downtown Montpelier, Vermont, was dedicated in December 1964. It showcases a fine example of Rochester, Vermont's Verde antique marble on its first floor exterior and Vermont white marble above it on the second story. The red brick Colonial building next door is the Washington County Courthouse, which was built in 1832.
Property Manager: Mathew Moody
Public Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. (except federal holidays)
Public Access: Front lobby off of State Street
Amenities: Post Office on the first floor
Key Tenants: U.S. Postal Service, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Small Business Administration, Senator Patrick Leahy's Office, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Geological Survey
Parking and Public Transportation
Green Mountain Transit Authority bus stop across the street. There is 30-minute parking on State Street immediately in front of the building and two hour parking along State Street. There is also a public lot within walking distance.
History and Architectural Features
The previous post office building on this site was a magnificent granite Romanesque structure with arched entrances, turrets, and an impressive courtroom on the second floor. The construction of the building came in under budget and opened to a delighted public in 1891. The Vermont Watchman commented in 1893 that, "[it] is not only the most beautiful Federal Building in the State but is, with the single exception of the State Capitol, the finest public building in Vermont." Its perceived grandeur eventually waned, however, and the once notable structure was demolished in 1963 to make way for a more modern facility. An earlier post office building, Montpelier's first, is still standing behind city hall, having been moved from its original location on the corner of State and Elm Street in 1870.