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U.S. Post Office

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1932, James A. Wetmore, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. 715 N. Ash St.

In contrast to the eclectic styles of commercial buildings on adjacent blocks, this highstyle Italian Renaissance design is an insertion of classical authority. The rose brick facades are trimmed with limestone sills and cornices that highlight a seven-arched central loggia topped with a hipped red tile roof inspired by Brunelleschi’s fifteenth-century Foundling Hospital in Florence.

On the next block at 627–629 Ash, the one-and-a-half-story Warrick’s Warehouse (J. M. Radford Wholesale Grocery Company Warehouse), completed in 1927 by David S. Castle Company, retains its high-set, steel-sash upper-tier windows, framed by brick piers. The one-story law office complex (c. 1990) at 600–604 Ash is an unexpected bit of Santa Fe picturesqueness on the corner of the courthouse square.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "U.S. Post Office", [Plainview, 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, 371-372.

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