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U.S. Post Office

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1942, Louis A. Simon, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. 120 S. Rice St.

This one-story buff brick post office is organized with a tall central block with chamfered corners and recessed lower wings. The prominent hipped roof of the main block is a later addition. Window and door openings have no trim or accented frames, and the only hint of “style” is the segmental arch over the front door and the spread-winged eagle mounted on the door’s transom. Only proportion and crisp details convey the New Deal modernism. The post office contains the mural Texas Rangers in Camp (1942) painted by Ward Lockwood. The Hamilton Herald Record reported at the time: “Every Hamiltonian and Every Texan who’s ever read a book, seen a movie, or listened to the tales their grandfathers told can appreciate ‘Texas Rangers in Camp.’”

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "U.S. Post Office", [Hamilton, 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, 262-262.

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