You’ve got more mail

18 Nov
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Basement ventilation

Did you like the outside of the post office yesterday? I hope so! Today I’ll show you details from the inside – none too ugly either! Here goes…

Starting at the floor: there are some truly beautiful brass ventilation grilles, set into the marble floor tiles, which I wouldn’t mind laying my hands on – imagine how lovely they could look on the wall as a work of art? Or as a centre piece for a dining table? You’d need a sizeable table though!!

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Postman's bike

Flanking the doors at the entrance, there are two old bikes from the days in which the mail was distributed on two wheels, and it was still safe to cycle around town. The bikes themselves are lovely, and I think it’s great that they have them on display.

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Pretty counter

Although certain modifications have taken place, the old counters still exist and are rather charming, don’t you think? The lovely wooden carvings underneath the marble counter tops and above the windows is very pretty and thankfully are well preserved, and the brass details are all well polished, so the building appears to be looked after with a heart.

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Carving

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Lovely lamp

Pretty brass lamps (again, well polished) are dotted around the large hall, and add to the general beauty of our rather lovely main post office. (Too bad the postal agents aren’t charming or efficient to match, tee hee!)

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Columns

If the ground floor is already full of charming details, it’s when you look up that  the true beauty of this building becomes apparent. Tall columns in a Neo Classical style, and a profusion of details in the carvings that crown them, are just stunning.

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Detail

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Cornered

And where the ground floor decor is pretty minimal, the ceilings (divided in the central and surrounding areas) are full of detail and a veritable treasure trove of examples of art, both in stone masonry as in painting.

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Upper floor

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Frescoed arch

There are frescoes everywhere, as well as lots of windows that either reflect, or allow in, an abundance of light.

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And another...

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Domed ceiling

The domed sky light in the central part of the ceiling is quite the pièce de résitance, with its gorgeous stained glass (with ever such subtle colours) in a geometrical pattern that I find to be very elegant. I could imagine using the design as inspiration for jewellery… I love it!

I hope you enjoyed this little two-day tour of the post office, and wish you a wonderful weekend! See you on Monday?

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Sky light

6 Responses to “You’ve got more mail”

  1. openhouse November 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    i love picking up my mail here… it wins over the little post offices in london any day!!!

  2. Heath Aipperspach November 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    very good post, i definitely love this web site, carry on it

  3. mojalvoscultureshock November 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    wow! I have to add this to my list of places to visit!

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