Lubbock Post Office and Federal Building

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Lubbock Post Office and Federal Building
Lubbock Texas Old Federal Courthouse.jpg
Lubbock Post Office and Federal Building in 2012
Lubbock is located in Texas
Coordinates 33°35′04″N 101°50′38″W / 33.58444°N 101.84389°W / 33.58444; -101.84389Coordinates: 33°35′04″N 101°50′38″W / 33.58444°N 101.84389°W / 33.58444; -101.84389
Area less than one acre
Built 1932
Architect James A. Wetmore
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 95000101[1]
Added to NRHP 1995

The Lubbock Post Office and Federal Building, located at 800 Broadway in downtown Lubbock, Texas, was a post office and federal courthouse from 1932-1968.[2]


Federal funds were obtained through the Public Buildings Act of 1926 to construct a new federal courthouse in Lubbock, Texas. Construction began in 1931 and the building was completed in 1932 at a cost of $4.7 million. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas met here until 1968, after which time it was used by Lubbock County for offices and storage.[2] A lack of proper building maintenance led to its abandonment in 1998.[3]

The building was nominated and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.[4] In 2011, Preservation Texas, a nonprofit preservation group, listed it as one of the most endangered historic sites in Texas.[4]

In 2013, Lubbock’s Commissioners Court put the building up for sale and Appaloosa Development of Lubbock offered $500,000 but then backed out of the deal.[5] More recently John Thompson (Austin) and Jeff Sagansky (New York) of Elm Tree Partners and John Snyder (Oklahoma) have offered $425,000 for the 28,000 sq ft (2,600 m2) building.[6] The offer was accepted by Lubbock County Commissioners and plans are to convert the building to apartment or hotel rooms, dining, or office space.[6]

Architectural description[edit]

The 3-story building was designed in the late Classical Revival style, which can be seen in its symmetrical plan and its ornamentation.[7] While the first floor has a limestone exterior, the second and third floors have a buff brick exterior designed to resemble an Italian Renaissance palazzo.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Historic Federal Courthouses". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  3. ^ Nett, Walt. "Lubbock commissioners approve listing 2 historic parcels for sale". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  4. ^ a b "2011 Texas’ Most Endangered Places". Preservation Texas. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  5. ^ Musico, Josie. "Former downtown federal building, post office among properties Lubbock County sells". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  6. ^ a b Dotray, Matt. "Former Lubbock federal building expected to be bought". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  7. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places nomination 1995". Restore Lubbock. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 

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