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United States Post Office and Courthouse

United States Post Office and Courthouse

The U.S. Post Office and Courthouse is a remarkable, imposing structure, and one of Alexandria’s most substantial examples of Depression-era Art Deco style. It was designed by Shreveport architect, Edward Neild, with supervision from James A. Wetmore, Office of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury Department. It was constructed under the Public Buildings Act and Federal Employment Stabilization Act, precursors to the Works Progress Administration program. The contractor was Algernon Blair Construction Company of Montgomery, Alabama, whose lowest bid was accepted at $217,774. The radiating form of the pavilion is reflective of a stepped pyramid or temple. It contains three stories, a basement and a penthouse. The exterior base is composed of pearl white granite, with exterior walls clad in smooth, buff colored limestone. Two-story wings flank the larger, nine-bay central portion of the building, featuring chamfered corners at the roofline.

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