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Mena City Hall (U.S. Post Office)

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1917, James A. Wetmore, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. 520 Mena St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage)

From 1913 to 1933, Wetmore’s office could be relied upon for impressive classical post office designs, even when, as in this instance, operating under budget constraints. Here a single-story gray brick box with a flat roof is distinguished by a pedimented porch with four elongated Tuscan columns. At the back of the porch the tall arched doorway is framed by Ionic pilasters and flanked by two narrow rectangular windows. The sides of the building display a similar motif of Ionic pilasters and small windows framing a large arched multipaned window. A paneled classical balustrade lines the parapet, bringing a lighter note to this restrained public building.

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, "Mena City Hall (U.S. Post Office)", [Mena, 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, 156-156.

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