Water Valley Post Office

This white stucco building was erected in 1924 and first occupied in 1925.  The Neo-Classical Revival structure was designed by James A. Wetmore.  It was the first building for the general contracting company of Virginia Engineering Company.  Per the nomination from the National Register of Historic Places:

…facade is noteworthy for allusions to stepped massing in the progressively diminished horizontal divisions, and for contrast between flat lintels and recessed arches in the fenestration.

As I recently learned, fenestration is the design and placement of windows.  The recessed arches of the central bay feature “outsized Palladin composition” (NRHP nomination, 1984).

This is the only example of Neo-Classical Revival architecture in Water Valley (NRHP nomination).  The building has a flat composition roof and a parapet that runs the entire perimeter of the building.  Interior was remodeled in 1961, with little of the original appearance kept during the changes.  The rear of the building also saw additions in 1969.

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5 Responses to Water Valley Post Office

  1. Susan says:

    I always cringe when I read something was redone in (around) 1961. I’ll have to stop by and check it out next time I’m in Water Valley. Thanks for the article.

  2. Suzassippi says:

    I take it that means 1961 was not a good year for historic preservation?

  3. Susan says:

    Mostly I think the ’60s were ugly years. So many beautiful old buildings were destroyed to make way for “modern” and “new.” A tour guide in London once referred to some of their 60-80s buildings as being from the Uglius Concreteus period of architecture. Just not my taste.

  4. ELMalvaney says:

    As far as demolition goes, Susan, I think we may be in a new era of destruction of old buildings for “modern” and “new” or even just for big vacant lots (see Meridian Hotel and Ceres Plantation).

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