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Office Building (U.S. Post Office)

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U.S. Post Office
1910–1913, James Knox Taylor; 1991 rehabilitated. 141 Broadway

The former post office attests to the generally high level of public architecture sponsored by the federal government in the early twentieth century. James Knox Taylor graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology's architecture program and brought a solid classicism to his task. Here he explored the delights of Italian fifteenth-century architecture to create an elegant urbane confection much at odds with the stolid German character of Hanover. The interior public lobby was accented by polished marble columns with gilt capitals and skylights, making for a pleasant work area. Abandoned in 1969, the post office was first adapted to serve as a clothing store and has since been rehabilitated as offices.

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Author: 
George E. Thomas
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George E. Thomas, "Office Building (U.S. Post Office)", [Hanover, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-02-YO25.

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, 360-360.

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