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Property Name United States Post Office and Court House
Reference Number 14001053
State TN
County Putnam
Town Cookeville
Street Address 9 E. Broad St.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/16/2014
Areas of Significance POLITICS/GOVERNMENT, ARCHITECTURE
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/14001053.pdf
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Constructed in 1916 at the southeast corner of Walnut and Broad Streets, the United States Post Office and Court House reflects the growth and stature of Cookeville in the first decade of the twentieth century. The attainment of a federal building was a significant achievement for the town and the building's importance is in turn reflected in its site, located between the two most important sectors of the community: the commercial sector represented by the railroad depot at one end of Broad Street and the civic sector, represented by the county courthouse at the other end of the thoroughfare. The United States Post Office and Court House brought needed services to the community, solidified Cookeville's position as a regional governmental, as well as commercial, center and demonstrated the political power of the community. Designed by the Office of the Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury Department, the United States Post Office and Court House is a well-executed example of the Italian Renaissance Revival style government building. This building remains a landmark in Cookeville. The United States Post Office and Court House is eligible for the National Register under Criterion A for Politics/Government and Criterion C for Architecture on the local level.

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