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Federal Building

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1938–1940, Jackson, Robertson and Adams. 2 Exchange Terrace

The Federal Building with post office in Depression-era Georgian Revival completes the circuit of civic buildings around Kennedy Plaza. More interesting than the building are some nice Art Deco sculptured panels displaying transportation by car, train, ocean liner, and airplane—a frequent theme for architectural adornment during the 1920s and 1930s when competition among these modes of transportation was at its height and the zip of movement was the very essence of modernity.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Federal Building", [Providence, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 39-39.

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