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The Rotunda (U.S. Post Office)

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1913, Oscar Wenderoth, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. 235 W. Broadway.

Standing on a triangular site near Waukesha’s Five Points intersection, the Classical Revival post office is composed of a rotunda attached to a wider rectangular body. The building is constructed of Bedford limestone. Six fluted Doric columns encircle the rotunda’s portico, and pilasters articulate the facade. The portico’s entablature wraps the remainder of the building, unifying the design. The rotunda is covered by a shallow copper-roofed dome on a low drum. Inside, Wenderoth lined the lobby with a colonnade of red marble columns with gold Corinthian capitals underneath the coffered dome and stained glass skylight. Restored in 2001, the building is now used for meetings and social events.

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Marsha Weisiger et al.
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Marsha Weisiger et al., "The Rotunda (U.S. Post Office)", [Waukesha, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WI-01-WK5.

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 196-197.

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