With the news of the West Indianapolis Post Office closing yesterday (see the IndyStar article), here is a look at the Indianapolis Post Office of 1893.
The post office was located on the southeast corner of Market and Pennsylvania Streets (Market would be to the left, Penn to the right).
A simple neoclassical delight, it was likely already feeling small in 1893. By 1898, the adjacent two store buildings to the south had been converted to postal use and connected to this building by a passageway.
Also in 1898, a 30’x30′ bicycle garage was located to the east, probably for use by the mailmen. A far cry from the thousands of square feet of parking lot that are needed for post offices now.
Lithograph photograph from “Indianapolis U.S.A., Illustrated”, 1893.