The Old Post Office

Streams of hope,
desire, poured
through these
doors, these
custom gates
of trade,
of commerce,
so formal,
of love and
fire passion
so explosive,
dreams and
schemes and
Grandma’s recipes
all for a penny.

What we call the Old Post Office Building was opened in 1884, a kind of monument to the importance of the city in U.S. business and the growth of the United States westward. Its original purpose was to house all federal offices in St. Louis. Today, it sits at the heart of what is called the Old Post Office Square District, which includes the Mayfair Hotel, several rehabbed loft buildings and other business and residential buildings.

About stlouisisapoem

We live in this poem called St. Louis, a poem we're still writing. It's about history, and art, and politics, and business, buildings and streets, rich and poor, and food (of course), and all of the other things that make this city what it is and what it will become. We publish poems about St. Louis, and you're invited to contribute via the comments to posts (for now, until we get our communications organized). Send us a link or an email address, and we'll respond. Help us write the poem that is St. Louis.
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