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U.S. Post Office

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1937, Louis A. Simon, Supervising Architect, U.S. Treasury Department. 3118 Washington Blvd. (southeast corner of Washington Blvd. and N. Hudson St.)
  • (Photograph by Karen Kingsley)
  • U.S. Post Office (Bill Sublette)

Jeffersonian Deco might be the term for this wonderful post office with a splayed plan and a domed entrance that skillfully turns the corner at this intersection. In keeping with other federal designs for post offices in Virginia, it is red brick with light-colored stone trim, but as a departure from strait-laced Colonial Revival, details such as the piers are abstracted. The interior furnishings are largely original. The public lobby also contains six small murals by Auriel Bessener (1940) that depict local history in subjects ranging from Native Americans to activities of the halcyon days of pre–World War II, apple picking and polo playing.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "U.S. Post Office", [Arlington, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 51-52.

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