United States Post Office (Palo Alto, California)

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U.S. Post Office
U.S. Post Office, 380 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 5-27-2012 2-11-09 PM.JPG
United States Post Office (Palo Alto, California) is located in California
United States Post Office (Palo Alto, California)
Location 380 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, California
Coordinates 37°26′46″N 122°9′29″W / 37.44611°N 122.15806°W / 37.44611; -122.15806Coordinates: 37°26′46″N 122°9′29″W / 37.44611°N 122.15806°W / 37.44611; -122.15806
Area 0.8 acres (0.32 ha)
Built 1932–33
Architect Clark, Birge M.
Architectural style Mediterranean Revival
Governing body Federal
NRHP Reference # 81000175[1]
Added to NRHP April 5, 1981

The U.S. Post Office, located at 380 Hamilton Ave., is the main post office in Palo Alto, California. The post office was constructed from 1932 to 1933 and was designed by Palo Alto architect Birge M. Clark; during the Great Depression, the Post Office department hired local architects to design post offices rather than designing them in Washington. The building was designed in the Mediterranean Revival style and features a tile hip roof in varying shades of red, an open arcade with round arches in the front, and round arched entryways at both ends of the arcade. The entries have bronze frames and decorative bronze transoms; the doors were originally bronze as well but were replaced with lighter metals. While the Mediterranean Revival style was at the time an unusual choice for a post office, it was widely used in Palo Alto and at Stanford University; the post office is one of the few that reflects regional architecture.[2]

The U.S. Post Office was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 5, 1981.[1]

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