(32) United States Post Office

Built: 1932

Address: 146 North Chicago Street

Architect James Wetmore designed this post office which shows the influence of the Spanish Revival style that was popular during this decade. Elements that denote this mode are the roof shape, clay tile roofing, the exterior lamps and especially the interior design. Symmetrically proportioned, the building has two appendages or hyphens that have a carved floral cornice. Smooth-faced, cut sandstone serves as the front facing material while the sides and rear show brick. The foundation is granite. A round arched opening with heavy keystones is the major feature of this building. The doorway also employs a spiral molding around it. Windows are heavily muntined with transom.