Joseph L. Fisher Post Office – Arlington VA

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The old main post office in Arlington VA was constructed in 1937 by the Treasury Department to consolidate postal services in the surrounding area. “As the first federal building in the County, the post office provided a focal point for establishing the identity of Arlington and unifying the area’s disparate suburban villages into a single community.” (Arlington webpage)

The architecture is Federalist/Colonial/Georgian Revival – not unusual for East Coast post offices built during the New Deal – and was designed by the team under Louis A. Simon, Supervising Architect of the Treasury. It features a central domed portico flanked by tripartite windows set within arches.  According to the City of Arlington, it continues to stand as a reminder of the “vanishing record of Federal New Deal Program architecture.”

The name has been changed to the Joseph L. Fisher U.S. Post Office.

The Arlington post office contains several works of art created under the New Deal.

Source notes

https://projects.arlingtonva.us/projects/post-office/

Originally posted in the New Deal Art Registry: http://www.newdealartregistry.org/

Project originally submitted by Robert Krause on July 30, 2013.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.

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Location Info


3118 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA

Coordinates: 38.8858, -77.0953

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