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Old U.S. Post Office

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1895–1896; 2012 restored, WER Architects/Planners. 133 Washington St. SW

This eye-catching Richardsonian Romanesque building originally housed the post office on the first floor and the U.S. Land Office on the second. Built by Asa Morgan of dark red brick, the walls are enriched with stringcourses and moldings in brick and a terra-cotta keystone over the low broad-arched entrance. Above the entrance is the building’s most striking feature, a large oriel window sheathed in copper. The hipped roof of red tiles has eaves with prominent wooden brackets, eyebrow dormers, and a tall chimney. The interior’s lobby has marble floors and oak woodwork. A one-story addition was made to the rear in 1925. The post office vacated the building in 1962, and it then accommodated various commercial ventures until restored for use as a restaurant, the Postmasters Grill.

Writing Credits

Author: 
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", [Camden, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AR-01-OU2.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 200-200.

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