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Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (U.S. Post Office and Courthouse)

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U.S. Post Office and Courthouse
1904, 1908, James Knox Taylor, Supervising Architect, U.S. Treasury Department. 1936, Louis A. Simon, Supervising Architect, U.S. Treasury Department. 1979–1981, conversion, Jack M. Rinehart and Williams and Tazewell. 201 E. Market St.

Exemplifying the classicism that Taylor endorsed, the former Charlottesville post office was originally a seven-bay building with a trabeated Ionic portico. In 1936 Simon's office expanded the structure to the present fifteen bays and relocated the portico, topped by a new pediment, to the center of the structure, creating a daunting facade that takes up one side of a city block. In the mid-1970s the post office and courts relocated, and the building was converted into a library. The new library retains nothing of the original interior.

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Richard Guy Wilson et al.
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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (U.S. Post Office and Courthouse)", [Charlottesville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-01-CH17.

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Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 148-148.

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