United States Post Office (Ellenville, New York)

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U.S. Post Office
Ellenville Post Office.jpg
The Ellenville post office ca. 2007
United States Post Office (Ellenville, New York) is located in New York
United States Post Office (Ellenville, New York)
Location Ellenville, NY
Nearest city Kingston
Coordinates 41°43′4″N 74°23′36″W / 41.71778°N 74.39333°W / 41.71778; -74.39333Coordinates: 41°43′4″N 74°23′36″W / 41.71778°N 74.39333°W / 41.71778; -74.39333
Area less than one acre
Built 1940
Architect Louis Bouche, R. Stanley-Brown
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Governing body U.S. Postal Service
MPS US Post Offices in New York State, 1858-1943, TR
NRHP Reference # 88002496[1]
Added to NRHP November 17, 1988

The U.S. Post Office in Ellenville, New York, United States, serves the ZIP code 12428, which covers Ellenville and much of the surrounding town of Wawarsing. It is located on Liberty Place in the center of the village.

The building was one of many post offices in the region which were built of stone, reflecting the historical Dutch influence in the Hudson Valley, during the New Deal by the Works Progress Administration. President Franklin D. Roosevelt personally approved the design.[2] As a native of the region, he understood the importance of stone architecture and made sure that new post offices in the region were built in that style. In late 1939, villagers in Ellenville sent Roosevelt a telegram which complained that their new post office was to be brick, despite the presence of pre-Revolutionary stone houses in Ellenville's location, the Rondout Valley.[2][3]

"I will stop this brick right away!" he vowed in response, and two days before construction bidding began, he sent the project back to the drawing board. The final building combined features typical of stone houses throughout the region.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c FDR and Dutchess County Stone Buildings, retrieved from marist.edu March 22, 2007.
  3. ^ Larry E. Gobrecht (December 1986). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: US Post Office-Ellenville". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-03-20.  See also: "Accompanying four photos".