Post Office – Inglewood CA

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The Post Office in Inglewood CA was constructed by the Treasury Department in 1935. It was needed because of damage to the previous post office in the Long Beach earthquake of 1933 and cost $210,000 (Gnerre 2022)

The design of this two-story building is Classical Moderne, with clean, square lines, flat roof tall window openings and a stucco finish.

There are lovely bas-relief sculptures over the recessed front entrance and in the front window openings between stories.  There is a carved wooden mural inside. (see linked pages)

New Deal era post offices were all built by the Treasury Department, never by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), contrary to a recent local newspaper article.  This is a common misunderstanding.

Source notes

Post office cornerstone.

Sam Gnerre, "South Bay history: WPA art works have enlivened the Inglewood post office since the 1930s". Daily Breeze, September 26, 2022. https://www.dailybreeze.com/2022/09/26/south-bay-history-wpa-art-works-have-enlivened-the-inglewood-post-office-since-the-1930s/

 

Project originally submitted by Andrew Laverdiere on June 12, 2013.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.

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Location Info


300 East Hillcrest Boulevard
Inglewood, CA 90301

Coordinates: 33.9592, -118.351

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