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Old U.S. Post Office

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1936, Louis A. Simon, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury; 1962 addition. 221 W. Gaines St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Mason Toms, photographer)

The plain severity of this small one-story buff brick, flat-roofed building is a familiar design for post offices in small towns in the state that were funded by the WPA. Here the central entrance has a cast-concrete surround with a deeply recessed entrance and tall flanking windows. On display in the lobby is a wall-mounted three-piece terra-cotta relief sculpture, Tomato Culture, by New York sculptor Berta Margoulies, a Polish American who studied art in Paris and at the Art Students’ League in New York. The central, largest piece (51 × 28 inches in height) depicts a farm worker with mules preparing to plow; the two smaller flanking pieces portray a man and a woman harvesting tomatoes. The figures are bold, simplified and stylized. At the time the subject matter was chosen, Monticello advertised itself as the “Tomato Capital of Arkansas.”

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Old U.S. Post Office", [Monticello, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 211-212.

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