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Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center (U.S. Post Office)

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U.S. Post Office
1913–1914, James Knox Taylor, supervising architect of the U.S. Treasury. 201 N. Findley St.

This post office was built during the period of academic classicism favored by the federal government's supervising architect; the name of the local project architect is not known. A full entablature supported by Ionic columns is a part of nearly every post office designed between 1898 and 1912, but what sets this one apart from others is its rust-colored brick laid in English cross bond and punctuated by gunmetal gray bricks. The elevations and windows are outlined with cream-colored stone trim matching the limestone columns on the facade. In 2007, an interactive education center focused on weather science and folklore moved into the facility.

A block away, the former YMCA (1908; 115 N. Findley Street) is a three-story, buff brick rectangular building with petal-shaped panes filling large arched transoms above the first-story windows. It is now used as offices.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center (U.S. Post Office)", [Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-JE13.

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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, 468-468.

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