Week of October 20, 2015: The answer is… The Martinsville Post Office

Answer to this week’s clue:

DSCN3427Location: United States Post Office, 1 West Church Street

This Post Office was built in 1939 in the Colonial Revival Style. The Colonial Revival Style is one of the more commonly seen styles in the state and was developed in an effort to look back to the Federal and Georgian architecture of America’s founding period. Part of this interest in earlier architectural forms was inspired by the Philadelphia Centennial of 1876 in honor of the country’s 100th birthday. The Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago also promoted this style, further contributing to its popularity.

The United States Post Office structure is brick and two stories high. The front of the post office has had plaster laid over the brick. The post office has a classical cornice and an entablature that is supported by two Doric columns along the front of the building. An entablature is a three part architectural element that is composed of the architrave, the frieze, and the cornice. Located on the roof of the post office is a cupola. The post office is listed as a contributing structure to the Martinsville Historic District. In 1939 the present post office replaced a 1906 Colonial Revival style building that was previously on the site.

DSCN3429Detail: The cupola on top of the Post Office

To see buildings from Henry County that have been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, please follow the link below.

http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Counties/register_Henry.htm

To learn more about architectural styles:

http://architecturestyles.org

To learn more about local history visit the Martinsville and Henry County Historical Society web page at http://www.mhchistoricalsociety.com/ and visit the heritage center at the Historic Courthouse, 1 East Main Street.

Be on the lookout for the next architectural treasure clue.

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