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U.S. Post Office

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1914–1915, Oscar Wenderoth, supervising architect of the U.S. Treasury. 201 Public Sq.

This is a handsome rendition of the neoclassical post offices prevalent from 1900 to the 1930s in small towns nationwide. Built during Oscar Wenderoth's (1871–1938) tenure as supervising architect of the Treasury from 1912 to 1915, it is not known whether a local architect had a hand in the design. (Wenderoth and his successors normally used local architects as consultants on federal projects.) The limestone building has a raised central section set off by six tall Tuscan columns. Five paired elongated windows ornamented with metal anthemia light the lobby space. The post office anchors the southeast corner of Bedford's town square.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "U.S. Post Office", [Bedford, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-BD3.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 375-375.

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