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Waxahachie City Hall (U.S. Post Office and Federal Building)

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1914, James Knox Taylor, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury; 2002 restored and addition, Ron Hobbs Architects. 401 S. Rogers St.

The calm classicism of this former post office, with its two-story Tuscan colonnade and monotone gray limestone, is a cool contrast to the vibrant brick-and-terra-cotta Italian Renaissance designs typical of Taylor’s tenure. An octagonal tower, similar to that of the railroad depot (CW26) one block to the south, forms the connection for the addition of 2002 extending south of the building. Using similar gray stone, the addition has a ground floor following the slope of the site and a second floor that is set back from a public terrace. This is one of the best adaptive reuse projects and additions to a former post office in Texas, compatible in scale and materials but without historic mimicry.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Waxahachie City Hall (U.S. Post Office and Federal Building)", [Waxahachie, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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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, 88-88.

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