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Judging from the E it looks like Neutraface from House Industries.
Here's the link: http://www.houseind.com/index.php?page=showfont&id=18
These letters were made specifically for architectural application and didn't exist as fonts. There were various forms of metal architectural letters throughout the 40s-60s. I'm building a collection of images and I'd love to add yours to my set if you don't mind. I do live in Berkeley, so I could shoot it myself, but yours is a fine image.
Stuart Sandler of Fontdiner is working on a digitization of similar post office letters.
Well, I was close. Course that only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
i actually took the image from a flickr page. it is not one of mine.
thanks for all of the info. it really is puzzling to me that such standarization can be found nationwide and yet a typeface does not appear to exist. i guess i shouldn't be surprised though...i went to architecture school and you spend your first few semesters learning how to hand letter drawings in a very specific way.