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U.S. Post Office

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1911–1913, Flournoy and Flournoy. 101 Lee Ave.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

Designed by Washington, D.C., architect and Washington and Lee alumnus B. C. Flournoy, the building is a striking example of Beaux-Arts Classicism with its six, fluted Doric columns forming an in antis loggia. The full entablature above includes a decorated frieze with swords, the federal seal, and a caduceus, symbol of Mercury, messenger of the gods—an appropriate symbol for those who deliver the mail. The interior's fine detailing includes a terrazzo floor, marble wainscoting, and Corinthian pilasters.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "U.S. Post Office", [Lexington, 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, 126-126.

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