Post Office – Culver City CA

Description

This historic post office was constructed in 1940 by the federal government as part of the New Deal.  

After the government reorganization of 1939, responsibility for the construction and maintenance of federal buildings passed from the Treasury Department to the newly-form Federal Works Administration (FWA) – although the agency in charge, the Public Buildings Administration, had not changed.  The cornerstone lists John M. Carmody as Federal Works Administrator and W. Englebert Reynolds as Commissioner of Public Buildings. James Farley was still Postmaster General.

The building design is late Moderne style.  It has a central recessed entrance with large windows and four pillars without capitals. There are no decorative  elements on the exterior other than two large brass lamps and a flagpole holder.

The interior is still intact, with original tile floors, woodwork and post boxes. There is a mural at one end of the lobby.

Source notes

More photos by Jordan McAlister can be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4232987782/in/set-72157623104526336/

Project originally submitted by Shaina Potts on March 3, 2010.
Additional contributions by Evan Kalish, Richard Walker.

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Location Info


9942 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Coordinates: 34.0206, -118.396

2 comments on “Post Office – Culver City CA

  1. Barbara Carrasco

    I love this mural. It is so beautiful.

  2. I was born in Culver City in 1940 in the Culver City Community Hospital – which was located kitty-korner across Culver Boulevard from this U.S. Post Office.
    We lived around the corner & down the street from this post office on Duquesne Street.
    I have fond memories of going to this post office with my parents.
    Our next door neighbor – George Gale – worked at this post office.
    Our postman was a great guy that went by the name of ”Kingfish” = he would talk & sing in a voice just like Kingfish on the Amos & Andy radio show.
    I remember the FANTASTIC mural in the lobby of this post office !

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