WPA Post Office, 1939, Louisville

The cornerstone notes that Louis A. Simon was the Supervising Architect and Neal A. Melick was the Supervising Engineer. All the WPA/New Deal post offices have a similar appearance but for some reason this is one of my favorites. A 1941 oil on canvas work by Abraham Harriton entitled “Plantation, Transportation, Education” was interestingly removed from the facility in 1987 on orders of the then-postmaster to a visitors center at the Old Mill in Augusta. I don’t know if is still there or if it’s been returned.

A photograph of the painting by Jimmy Emerson, who has tirelessly documented these for years, can be seen here.


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