U.S. Post Office and Office Building Additions – Hilo HI

Description

Designed by Henry O. Whitfield in 1915, the U.S. Post Office and Office Building underwent a large expansion during the New Deal.

“In 1936 the Treasury Department designed two 3-story wing additions for the main (south) side of the building. These were constructed in 1937-38 forming a “U”-shaped peristyle court. These wings have three floors used for office space and contain open circulation balconies on the first and third floors. The exterior walls facing the court contain 2-story columns with doric capitals which support a lanai above. All the roofs are tiled, with ornamental downspouts used in the court. The courtyard, eight steps below the first floor, contains a flag pole, a mosaic-tiled fountain, and two concrete urns. The paved courtyard is opened toward the street. The overall building dimensions are approximately 292′ x 312′.” (NRHP Document)

The building still houses federal functions and Hilo’s Downtown Station post office.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Source notes

http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/74000708.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Building,_United_States_Post_Office_and_Courthouse_%28Hilo,_Hawaii%29

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on December 6, 2013.

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Location Info


154 Waianuenue Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720

Coordinates: 19.725846, -155.08905300000004

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