The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3Allen, Thomas
The New Post Office.
The architect of this edifice is R. Smirke, esq. It occupies the whole of the space between and in breadth, and extending from the backs of the houses in to those in St. Anne's-lane in length. The character of the architecture is an excessive plainness. The principal front in has a portico of fluted Ionic columns in the centre, in front, and in flank, surmounted by a pediment; and at the extremities of the front, other porticoes, each of which is composed of columns of the same order, standing on a stylobate, and sustaining the entablature of the order, which is continued as a finish round the whole building. The intercolumniations are pierced with windows, and the spaces between these and the centre portico have each windows in series; these portions of the building are flanked with sunk areas. The other fronts of the building are exceedingly lain ; they are almost destitute of ornament, and are all pierced with numerous windows. The interior is not in a sufficient state of forwardness to allow of a description; but the entrances, within the central portico, will lead into a large hall, flanked on each side by lofty Ionic colonnades, the columns corresponding with those of the exterior.