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Commercial Building (U.S. Post Office)

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1933, James A. Wetmore, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. 402 E. Rusk St.

The former post office is devoid of classical moldings and ornament yet is still a bold temple form. The two-story building in buff brick and limestone has a central, five-bay form with fluted pilasters with the most minimal of capitals rising to a tall entablature. Single flanking bays in brick are set back only a few inches from the portico. Between the pilasters, steel-framed windows and dark green marble spandrels are deeply recessed, becoming shadow space to emphasize the open temple concept. The project was commissioned before the Public Works Administration (PWA) and funded through the Public Buildings Act of 1926 and the Federal Employment Stabilization Act of 1931.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


What's Nearby


Gerald Moorhead et al., "Commercial Building (U.S. Post Office)", [Jacksonville, 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, 73-73.

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