The main U.S. General Post Office in New York was designed by McKim, Meade, and White and constructed between 1908 and 1913. The full restoration of the original terra cotta cheneau at the main Eighth Avenue façade included replication of the original terra cotta design and finishes. More than 50 unique individual new terra cotta units were crafted based on existing remnants of the original cheneau and archival drawings. The existing original and the new terra cotta units were interlaced to create a harmonious complete architectural motif and restore the McKim, Mead and White design, which had been removed in the 1980s.
The Eighth Avenue façade restoration received the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from The New York Landmarks Conservancy in 2008.