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U.S. Post Office

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1933, Robert E. Ochs. 5th and Hamilton sts.
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

The stripped, abstracted classical architecture often complemented with Art Deco detailing for civic and commercial buildings between the two world wars is evident in this large, dignified building. Interior murals (1937–1938) by New York artist Gifford Reynolds Beal, a student of William Merrit Chase, depict such local history as the arrival of the Liberty Bell to Hamilton Street; a parade of the town's militia (known as the First Defenders) to Washington, D.C., to help defend the capital during the Civil War; and the establishment of Allentown's heavy industry.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "U.S. Post Office", [Allentown, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 292-292.

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