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U.S. Post Office

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1935, Louis A. Simon, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. 31 S. Main St.

One of numerous post offices designed under the direction of Simon, this one, like others, is an understated Colonial Revival building. The one-story five-bay post office has a slate roof, modillion cornice, a molded brick water table, and a Doric-pilastered frontispiece with triglyphs and metopes. Like many of Simon's smaller post offices, Chatham's has a fine WPA mural. Here Carson Davenport created Harvest Season in Southern Virginia (1938).

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "U.S. Post Office", [Chatham, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 363-363.

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