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Office Building (U.S. Post Office)
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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