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Property Name United States Post Office and Court House
Reference Number 14000389
State Florida
County Escambia
Town Pensacola
Street Address 100 N . Palafox Street (Palafox and E. Chase Streets)
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/11/2014
Areas of Significance Politics/Government, Architecture
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The United States Post Office and Court House in Pensacola was constructed in 1938 and 1939 on a rectangularshaped lot chiefly located along Palafox Street, and acts as a terminus to historic downtown Pensacola, Florida. Conveying its federal presence through monumental architecture, the building is an example of the Moderne or Simplified Classical style frequently employed for federal buildings of the late 1930s and early 1940s. In its use of Spanish Eclectic Revival elements, the building is also associated with early 20th century interest in regionalism in architecture. The U.S. Post Office and Court House was the only federal building in Pensacola authorized by the Public Buildings Act of 1926 and constructed as part of the Public Works Administration program. The materials used, including limestone, marble, and bronze, and the authorized cost, indicate that it was a "Class B" building according to the 1915 classification system for post office construction developed under Secretary of the Treasury William McAdoo. Prominent Spanish Eclectic Revival elements include a Spanish tile roof, rejas, and a decorative metal railing spanning the primary elevation. The Pensacola U.S. Post Office and Court House meets Criteria A and C, at the local level of significance, with a period of significance of 1939-1940.

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