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Williamsport City Hall (U.S. Post Office)

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U.S. Post Office
1888–1891, William A. Freret; 1931–1932 addition, F. Arthur Rianhard. 245 W. 4th St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (© George E. Thomas)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

It is likely that H. H. Richardson's Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh influenced Freret in his design for this former post office, as it guided the architects of Williamsport's former city hall ( LY11) a short time later. The Richardsonian Romanesque building has a central tower with corner turrets and an arcaded entrance placed off-center to the end pavilions. Since 1979, the building has served as the city hall; alterations to the building respected its original features, notably on the ground floor. Freret, a New Orleans architect, served as supervising architect of the U.S. Department of Treasury for two years (1887–1889). The post offices designed while he was supervising architect were often Romanesque in style.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Williamsport City Hall (U.S. Post Office)", [Williamsport, 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, 574-574.

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