United States Post Office

The historic United States Post Office in Springfield, Ohio The interior of the historic post office in Springfield, Ohio The historic United States Post Office in Springfield, Ohio
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Construction began on this Art Deco style building in 1932. Replacing the old post office building located on the northeast corner of Limestone and Spring Street (now a parking lot for St. Raphael Catholic Church), this building was completed and dedicated in October of 1934 and came at a cost of $535,000.

William K. Shilling was appointed as the architect for this building in 1931. Shilling was responsible for the design of several Springfield buildings, including the Clark County Courthouse across the street. The exterior base of the post office is made of pink granite and the walls above are made of Ohio sandstone. The spandrel over the center door of the Limestone entrance represents the Great Seal of the United States. The spandrel over the north door represents the seal of the State of Ohio and the spandrel over the south door represents the industries and development in Springfield. The carved lintels above the entrances represent transportation by water, air and land. The eagles carved into each corners of the central feature are 18 feet tall. The interior of the building features two murals that were painted by Herman Henry Wessel shortly after construction was completed.

In the 1970’s the post office underwent an energy conservation remodeling which covered up Wessel’s murals and much of the interior’s original detail. In 2009 preservation efforts began to uncover the murals and restore the historic design of the interior. An area in the south wing of the post office has been restored to the original design and is open for public viewing.

Narrated by Larry Coressel of Springfield Stage Works

References:

  • U.S Post Office Springfield, Ohio. OhioMemory.org. Retrieved July 16 2013.
  • Senator Bulkley is to give principal address on program. (1934, October 17). The Sun.
  • Ample room provided in Springfield’s new Post Office building. (1934, October 17). The Sun.
  • Chronology of Post Office. (1934, October 17). The Sun.

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One thought on “United States Post Office

  1. Made a special trip to this post office in November of 2013. I arrived after hours and the retail location was closed. I was disappointed I didn’t get to see the murals, but that just gives me another reason to visit again in the future.

    Great article on this wonderful post office.

    Thanks for putting this site together.

    David

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