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Offices (East Greenwich Post Office)

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East Greenwich Post Office
1934, Frank J. Anthony. 11 Main St.

This Neo-Federal post office in red brick and cast stone, with a high basement and landscaped terrace several feet above Main Street, is a particularly well-proportioned and handsomely detailed example of New Deal enthusiasm for colonial and early national imagery for historic towns. At the center of the elevation, the five tall glazed arches framed by a pilastered portico recall eighteenth-century orangeries. Insufficient parking forced the removal of the post office to a vastly inferior building and conversion of this one to a restaurant. But the resonance of its original use persists, compelling the present owners to warn off potential letter droppers. The lobby interior retains its spatial configuration and finishes.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.

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