Post Office (demolished) – Atlantic City NJ

Description

The historic post office in Atlantic City, New Jersey was constructed with Public Works Administration (P.W.A.) funds in conjunction with the Treasury Department. The building, which was completed in 1937, housed New Deal artwork inside. Unfortunately, it has since been demolished.

A local historic preservation site describes the former building: “The imposing Atlantic City Post Office was a New Deal project built between 1935 and 1937. Of neoclassical design, with Italian marble floors, brass ornaments and light fixtures, and two remarkable 1939 murals, “Family Recreations” and “Youth” executed by Peppino Mangravite, the building was intended to convey civic pride and a sense of permanence” (http://www.preservationnj.org).

Source notes

National Archives: Record Group 121-BS: Records of the Public Buildings Service: Completion views of federal buildings (prints) alphabetically by state and thereunder by city, to 1966; Box 57.

http://www.preservationnj.org/site/ExpEng/index.php?/ten_most_12/archive_by_name_detail/2008/Atlantic_City_Post_Office

National Archives Record Group 135-SAR: Prints: Photographs rejected for use in the Photographic Report to the President: “Survey of the Architecture of Completed Projects of the PWA, 1939”; Box 23: Federal Folder.

Cornerstone and dedication plaque images:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/iirraa/4260822785/in/album-72157623060741897/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/iirraa/123347947/in/album-72157623060741897/

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on January 29, 2015.

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Location Info


1701 Pacific Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Coordinates: 39.359426, -74.431696

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