Built as a ticket office for the Cunard Passenger Ship Line, the grand
interior of the Great Hall shows how the popular Beaux Art style was
adapted to a new use.
The architect collaborated with muralist Ezra Winter to produce a
decorative program focused on shipping themes, set within a huge vaulted
space that recalls Roman bath buildings.
In contrast to the ceremonial Great Hall, the exterior is a simple
Renaissance facade topped with a relatively undistinguished high-rise.
The Great Hall was converted into a branch of the U.S. Postal Service in