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Elkins City Hall (U.S. Post Office and Courthouse)

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U.S. Post Office and Courthouse
1916–1917, 1931–1932, James A. Wetmore. Northwest corner of Davis Ave. and 4th St.
  • Elkins City Hall (U.S. Post Office and Courthouse)

This handsome neoclassical structure, quite large for a city of 6,000 people when it was built as the post office, indicates Elkins's early-twentieth-century aspirations. The first floor of the steel-frame structure is faced with smooth ashlar limestone, its regular courses and decorative voussoirs deeply incised. Brick facing is employed on the two upper stories, and a full limestone entablature supports a refined balustrade above. In 1931 Wetmore provided a two-bay extension to the north, matching his earlier motifs precisely. In the 1970s, when a new federal building was completed (next entry), this structure was converted into the Elkins City Hall with few substantive changes.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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