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Post Office and Federal Building

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1933, James A. Wetmore, OSA. Northeast corner of Washington Ave. and 2nd St. (NR)

Late Beaux-Arts classicism influenced the massing of this monumental, two-story red brick building with central entry loggia and wings. Six fluted, full-height Ionic columns front the recessed entry of three bronze doors topped by transoms with wrought iron grilles. Both limestone and terracotta are used for detail, including a dentiled cornice below a parapet with antefixes. Red tile covers the metal hipped roof. Inside, most of the original bronze detail and dark-stained wood-work remain, augmented by a 1980s mural by Thomas Lockhart depicting local history.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Post Office and Federal Building", [Monte Vista, 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, 429-430.

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