Federal Building and Post Office – San Pedro CA

Description

The Federal Building and Post Office in San Pedro CA was built in 1936 by the Treasury Department.  It also formerly served as a U.S. Customs Office. The building has recently undergone a major renovation.

The design is a good example of the Moderne style of architecture.   The extensive use of marble, bronze and milk glass are typical of the Art Deco style of decoration of the time.  The basket weave pattern of floor tile surrounded by black marble gives the effect of rugs on a marble floor. Some of the original bronze lamps and ink wells survive at the public writing desks.

The mural over the wall at the south end of the building depicting the harbor area’s heritage, is a New Deal art project. 

The building was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

(The funding for this project did not come from either the PWA or WPA, as stated in other sources – a common mistake)

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Location Info


839 S. Beacon St
San Pedro, CA 90731

Coordinates: 33.736, -118.28

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