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U.S. Post Office

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1932. 1190 Main St.

Here is another example of Beaux-Arts classicism, also arcadianized by its setback from the sidewalk with steps to landscaped terracing. In contrast to the projecting portico of the bank as the centerpiece to an elaborated wall, here the severe Doric order is locked into a more severely treated block, with the arched entrances recessed. One feels the austerities here of an awareness of modern architecture—explicitly in the abstract flat patterns of the colorful tile plaques. sidewalk with steps to landscaped terracing. In contrast to the projecting portico of the bank as the centerpiece to an elaborated wall, here the severe Doric order is locked into a more severely treated block, with the arched entrances recessed. One feels the austerities here of an awareness of modern architecture—explicitly in the abstract flat patterns of the colorful tile plaques.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "U.S. Post Office", [West Warwick, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-WW16.

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Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 331-331.

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