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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

000-0070 Arlington Post Office

Arlington Post Office
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 08/13/1985

NRHP Listing Date 02/07/1986

NPS property number 86000151

Built in 1937, the Arlington Post Office was the county’s first federal building and represented an important milestone in the development of Arlington from an agglomeration of disparate suburban villages to the urban community is today. A modernistic interpretation of Georgian classicism, the deftly handled composition was designed by Louis A. Simon, Supervising Architect of the Department of the Treasury. The building is also an exemplar of the fine quality and attention to detail given to federal works in the 1930s, works intended to instill pride in the institutions of government. The exterior is distinguished by it elegant domed portico. The interior murals of traditional Virginia scenes by Washington, D.C. artist Auriel Bessemer, are important survivors of the Depression-era program of enhancing Federal projects with works of art.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018