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101-0004 U.S. Post Office and Courthouse

U.S. Post Office and Courthouse
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 10/21/1975

NRHP Listing Date 12/23/1975

NPS property number 75002043

Reflecting the prosperity brought by the coal industry to this mountain community, the federal post office and courthouse is one of the more architecturally sophisticated federal buildings in the state. A polished example of the 20th-century Renaissance Revival, the stone-faced exterior, with its deep bracketed cornice, shallow hipped roof, and rusticated ground floor, references the architecture of Florentine palaces. Its architect, James Knox Taylor, was responsible for numerous government buildings across the nation. Taylor resigned his Federal post in 1912, and the building was completed under the supervision of Oscar Wenderoth. It survives with few alterations and preserves a great quantity of early wood trim, metalwork, electrical fixtures, and custom-designed furniture. Noteworthy is the courtroom, decorated with a coffered ceiling, ornamental plasterwork, and mahogany woodwork. The building still serves its original use.


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

Updated August 2, 2018