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Byron White U.S. Courthouse (Main Post Office)

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Main Post Office
1910–1916, James Knox Taylor, OSA. 1922, Tracy, Swarthwout and Litchfield and Maurice Biscoe. 1994, restoration, Michael Barber Architecture. 1823 Stout St. (NR)

Denver's finest Neoclassical building is a five-story Greek temple handsomely masked by a giant colonnade and faced in Colorado Yule marble. On the Stout Street facade of the full-block building, sixteen three-story, fluted Ionic columns form a heroic portico atop a cascading marble staircase. Round-arched first-floor fenestration carries into the interior open courts. The names of postmasters general and of noted Pony Express riders are carved in the marble end walls of the dramatic, vaulted lobby. Gladys Caldwell Fisher, wife of Denver architect Alan Fisher, sculpted the mountain sheep flanking the 18th Street entrance. The Postal Service, banished to a hideous Post-modern address at 20th and Curtis, surrendered this building to the federal judiciary, which lavished millions on an opulent 1994 restoration for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The courthouse is named for the University of Colorado football star whom President John Kennedy appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "Byron White U.S. Courthouse (Main Post Office)", [Denver, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-DV037.

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