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Photo 6: Post Office lobby, U.S. Post Office, Court House and Custom House (now Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Custom House), November 1932

[Photo 6] with link to larger version of photo.
(General Services Administration)

This photo was taken a couple of weeks before the post office officially opened for business in November 1932. The lobby was originally designed as a grand public space to serve post office customers. It extends the length of the building and features pink, green, and beige marble flooring and marble walls. The postal windows have marble counters and brass grilles, and customer postal boxes are made of glass and brass. Decorative bronze leaves and arched brass grilles above the postal windows and boxes add to the gleaming decor. Brass writing tables line the center of the lobby. Although this lobby no longer functions as a post office, its appearance remains much as it did in the 1930s.

Questions for Photo 6

1.
Does this photo look like the inside of any buildings in your community? If so, what are the buildings used for?

2.
Based on the written description, identify as many features in the photo as possible.

3. Do you think it was important to preserve the original features of this space even though it is no longer used as a post office? Explain your answer.

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