St. Albans - Federal Building, U.S. Post Office and Custom House

Route 7
50 South Main Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
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The Post Office and Custom House, St. Albans, Vermont, is located on the northwest corner of South main (U.S. Route 7) and Stebbins Streets. The property is bordered by a commercial block to the north and a mixed commercial-residential neighborhood to the west. The site is urban in character, establishing teh approximate southern edge of St. Albans' pedestrian central business district. The original building occupied nearly all but the northwest corner of the site.

Property Manager: Jack Darling
Public Hours:
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. (except federal holidays)
Public Access:
Public access is by appointment only with federal agencies between approximately 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Amenities:
Historical lobby
Key Tenants:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Agriculture, FSA, U.S. General Services Administration

Parking and Public Transportation

Green Mountain Transit Authority bus stops within walking distance. Parking is available in the front of the building or on Main Street.

History and Architectural Features

The Post Office and Custom House is a handsome Colonial Revival building constructed in 1937-38. It was authorized by the Public Buildings Act of 1926, a massive public building program that nearly doubled the inventory of federal structures. The building is stylistically and programmatically related to other federal structures associated with the expansion of the U.S. Customs Service in northern Vermont following the improvement of highway links across the Canadian border in the 1930s.

Awards

Regional winner and finalist in the Building Owners and Managers Association's "The Office Building of the Year (TOBY) Award" for 1996 to 1997.

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.
"Haying" and "Sugaring Off" by artist Philip Von Saltza. Commissioned in 1939.

Landmark Status

Eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Last Reviewed: 2020-05-14