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Historic U.S. Post Office and Courthouse

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1914, Oscar Wenderoth, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury; 2005 rehabilitated, Lavin Architects. 620 S. Taylor St.

This former federal building is a three-story limestone Italianate scheme characteristic of the tenure of Wenderoth’s predecessor as Supervising Architect, James Knox Taylor. Five central bays are framed by slightly projecting end bays. Shallow, two-story Ionic pilasters support a trim cornice with an attic story above and a heavily bracketed red tile roof overhang. After being replaced with a new courthouse (AO3) in 1938, this building was occupied by several federal agencies, was then sold in 1973, and is currently occupied by First Capital Bank. A rehabilitation in 2005 recovered the rich interior lobby detailing, including a wood-beamed ceiling painted to give the illusion of a sky.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Historic U.S. Post Office and Courthouse", [Amarillo, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 337-337.

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