United States Post Office and Courthouse (Baltimore, Maryland)

The United States Post Office and Courthouse is a historic combined post office and Federal courthouse located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It occupies an entire city block and measures 238 feet, 2 inches east-west by 279 feet, 10 inches north-south. It is of steel frame construction with concrete floors and tile roof, basement of granite, and outer walls of white Indiana limestone. The structure is six stories in height and provided with basement and two sub-basements. It was completed in 1932 under the supervision the Office of the Supervising Architect under James A. Wetmore, and features classical ornamentation. Some notable court cases held in this building include:

  • 1934: Judge W. Calvin Chesnut became the first jurist to strike down a New Deal Act of Congress.
  • 1948: Alger Hiss filed a libel suit against Whittaker Chambers
  • 1968 and 1969: the Berrigans were indicted in this courthouse for destroying Federal records as a protest against the Vietnam War.
  • 1973: Vice President Spiro T. Agnew pleaded nolo contedre to tax evasion and resigned as Vice President.[2]
  • 2009: Mayor Sheila Dixon was tried for 12 counts including perjury, theft and misconduct. She was convicted of fraudulent misappropriation and eventually resigned as mayor as part of a plea bargain in the Sheila Dixon trial.
U.S. Post Office and Courthouse
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Courthouse east facade, May 2008
United States Post Office and Courthouse (Baltimore, Maryland) is located in Baltimore
United States Post Office and Courthouse (Baltimore, Maryland)
United States Post Office and Courthouse (Baltimore, Maryland) is located in Maryland
United States Post Office and Courthouse (Baltimore, Maryland)
United States Post Office and Courthouse (Baltimore, Maryland) is located in the United States
United States Post Office and Courthouse (Baltimore, Maryland)
Location111 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Maryland
Coordinates39°17′27″N 76°36′47″W / 39.29083°N 76.61306°W / 39.29083; -76.61306Coordinates: 39°17′27″N 76°36′47″W / 39.29083°N 76.61306°W / 39.29083; -76.61306
Area1.3 acres (0.53 ha)
Built1930
ArchitectOffice of the Supervising Architect under James A. Wetmore
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference #77001530[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 25, 1977

The U.S. Post Office and Courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[1] It has since been conveyed to the City of Baltimore, and is in use by the Baltimore city courts and known as Courthouse East.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ John W. McGrain, Jr. (July 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: United States Post Office and Courthouse" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved April 1, 2016.

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