United States Post Office (Belvidere, Illinois)

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United States Post Office-Belvidere
Belvidere IL United States Post Office9.jpg
United States Post Office (Belvidere, Illinois) is located in Illinois
United States Post Office (Belvidere, Illinois)
Location 200 S. State St., Belvidere, Illinois
Coordinates 42°15′28″N 88°50′27″W / 42.25778°N 88.84083°W / 42.25778; -88.84083Coordinates: 42°15′28″N 88°50′27″W / 42.25778°N 88.84083°W / 42.25778; -88.84083
Area less than one acre
Built 1911
Architect James Knox Taylor
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 00000473[1]
Added to NRHP May 11, 2000

The Belvidere U.S. Post Office is a historic building located in the Illinois city's downtown business district. It was built in 1911 and represents a good example of Classical Revival architecture. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as United States Post Office-Belvidere in 2000.

History[edit]

The Belvidere U.S. Post Office was constructed in 1911 by Rockford contractor E. Maffioli. A.N. Eason was the construction supervisor for the Treasury Department and the building was constructed according to a schedule which slated completion for September 1, 1911 and occupancy for October 11, 1911. The building was completed on schedule and dedicated on October 11, 1911, attracting a large crowd. The building served as post office until it was put up for sale in 1997. It was sold in 1998 to a member of the public.[2]

Architecture[edit]

The Belvidere U.S. Post Office is built in the Classical Revival style of architecture and was designed by Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury James Knox Taylor. The building uses a free mix of Classical and Renaissance forms and possesses several elements characteristic of Classical Revival. The interior dome, the broken pediment over the entryway (a Greek Revival form), finely finished stone work, a monumental scale, and sculptural stone details are all commonly found among Classical Revival styled buildings.[2]

Historic significance[edit]

The Belvidere Post Office reflects the designs of post offices promoted by the U.S. federal government in the early 1900s. The post office is an architecturally significant example of Classical Revival architecture and one of Belvidere's most elaborate Classical buildings.[2] The U.S. Post Office Belvidere, Illinois was added to the National Register of Historic Places May 11, 2000.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c Grove, Jan. "United States Post Office", (PDF), National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, July 26, 1999, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, accessed May 16, 2008.

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