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U.S. Post Office

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1931, James A. Wetmore, Acting Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. 600 E. Goliad Ave.

An Italian Renaissance style based on Brunelleschi’s Foundling Hospital was widely used for post offices under Wetmore’s tenure as Acting Supervising Architect. An arcaded loggia is bracketed between solid end bays and topped with a shallow hipped roof in red clay tile. Instead of round columns to carry the arches as in the Brunelleschi model, here there are compound piers, composed of a rectangular core with engaged corner roll moldings, and capitals with spread-winged eagle and Ionic corner scrolls. This was one of the last such designs, as pared-down modernism and Colonial Revival became standard through the later 1930s under Louis A. Simon’s term as Supervising Architect.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "U.S. Post Office", [Crockett, 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, 36-36.

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