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1936, Louis A. Simon, OSA; Walter De Mordaunt. 300 S. 5th St. (NR)
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

One of Colorado's few Southwestern-style post offices, designed by a Pueblo architect selected by the Office of the Supervising Architect, has an asymmetrical stuccoed facade, red tile roof, and heavy wooden shutters. Above a red brick base, square pilasters with molded capitals divide recessed bays that include the transomed double-door entry. Inside, a beamed ceiling, tile floor, and marble wain-scot have survived remodelings. The growing popularity of the Spanish Colonial style and the reduced interest in classicism in the late 1930s led to a greater use of regional styles in federal buildings, although this look is more typical of post offices in southern California than of Colorado. Irregular volumes and the asymmetrical plan disguise a basic rectangular shape.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Post Office", [Lamar, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 385-385.

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