United States Post Office (Ely, Nevada)
U.S. Post Office, Ely, Nevada
|Location||415 Fifth St., Ely, Nevada|
|Architect||Simon, Louis A.; et al.|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival|
|MPS||US Post Offices in Nevada MPS|
|NRHP Reference #||05001122|
|Added to NRHP||October 7, 2005|
The U.S. Post Office in Ely, Nevada was built to a standardized plan developed by the Office of the Supervising Architect, led by Louis A. Simon. The building uses an attenuated Classical style that was popular with Federal buildings in the 1930s. The building occupies a prominent place in Ely and represents the presence of the Federal government in the town.
The Ely Post Office was built as part of an appropriation for post offices in Ely, Elko, Las Vegas and Reno, passed in June 1932. After a dispute over land acquisition, construction began on the $86,575 project began in 1937. The post office was completed in 1938.
The building footprint is about 3,800 square feet (350 m2), with a symmetrical facade. The building is one story in front, with a two story section at the loading dock to the rear. The primary building material is brick, with cast stone accents. The building's most distinctive feature was removed in 1977 as part of accessibility improvements, when the original classical pediment and entry doors were removed and replaced by an aluminum storefront. The interior consists of a public lobby furnished with plaster walls and tile wainscot and floor. A work area and offices occupy the remain two thirds of the main level. A basement contains storage and utility spaces.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Harmon, Mella Rothwell (February 15, 2005). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: US Post Office, Ely, Nevada". National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-05-21.