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Old Post Office’s clock tower open to the public

At this point, these are the highest attainable views of the city

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Mike Peel

With the Washington Monument closed until 2019, there aren’t too many options for getting skyhigh views of Washington, D.C.—until now. Recently the Old Post Office’s clock tower reopened to the public.

While the Old Post Office is currently used as the Trump International Hotel, the tower is still operated by National Park Service.

To enter the clock tower, admission is free with hours running from Thursday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a last entry at 4:30 p.m. The tower is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the Clock Tower dates back to 1899. Until 1914, it was used as the city’s main post office. Afterwards, it primarily functioned as an office building before being nearly torn down in the 1920s and 1970s to make way for the Federal Triangle. In 2016, Donald Trump redeveloped the property into a luxury hotel with restaurants and retail. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in April 1973.

Old Post Office Clock Tower Reopens To Public (1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW) [Penn Quarter Living]

Old Post Office Tower [National Park Service]

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