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The post office building now houses The Arts Council

Photo courtesy of Uptown Shelby Association
The Cleveland County Arts Center was the original Shelby Post Office, built from 1916 to 1917. This two-story brick Classical Revival building has a symmetrical seven bay façade. It was designed by architect James A. Whetmore and cost $65,000 to build. The post office opened for business on December 11, 1917. Just a few years later, more space was needed and an annex was built in the 1920s. The post office annex was also the office of Judge Webb, a member of the "Shelby Dynasty."

The post office closed in 1967 after which the building became the home of the Cleveland County Arts Council. The Arts Council creates opportunities for community members to participate in and enjoy art, offers a grant program to help fund arts organizations, runs an arts in education program reaching more than 5,000 students with in-school performances alone and holds art exhibitions showcasing talented artists in the county and region.

[photo] The building is a two-story brick Classical Revival building with a symmetrical seven bay façade
Photo courtesy of Uptown Shelby Association

The Shelby Post Office is located at 115. S. Washington St. in the Central Shelby Historic District. Now the Cleveland County Arts Council, it is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday-Friday. The building can be used by arts groups and artists or rented for public and private events. Call 704-484-2787 or visit the Council's website for further information.


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