McCormack Federal Building 4 Picture

McCormack Federal Building, Boston, Massachusetts

More details from the front facade. I was puzzled at the repeated use of the cadeceus, usually associated with medicine, until I read this explanation ([link]) on Wikipedia:

The caduceus is the staff carried by Hermes in Greek mythology. The same staff was also borne by heralds in general, for example by Iris, the messenger of Hera. It is a short staff entwined by two serpents, sometimes surmounted by wings. In Roman iconography it was often depicted being carried in the left hand of Mercury, the messenger of the gods… As a symbolic object it represents Hermes (or the Roman Mercury), and by extension trades, occupations or undertakings associated with the god.

So in this context I think the caduceus is being used to represent the U.S. Postal Service -- messengers.

About the Building

Formerly U.S. Post Office and Courthouse
Post Office Square
1932-1934 (Cornerstone laid 1/15/32)
Cram & Ferguson

Built in 1932-1934, the building is at Post Office Square and is mostly glad in granite. It was entered in the National Register in 1987. See more photos and info on the Boston Art Deco Society's web site ([link])

View it via Google Street View: [link]
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