United States Post Office (Porterville, California)
US Post Office--Porterville Main
|Location||65 W. Mill Ave., Porterville, California|
|Area||1 acre (0.40 ha)|
|Architect||Lake, H. Rafael|
|Architectural style||Art Deco|
|MPS||US Post Office in California 1900-1941 TR|
|NRHP reference #||85000141|
|Added to NRHP||January 11, 1985|
The U.S. Post Office, located at 65 W. Mill Ave., is the main post office in Porterville, California. Built from 1933 to 1937, the post office was designed by H. Rafael Lake in the Art Deco style. The design features decorative terra cotta plaques over the windows and cast aluminum plaques below the front windows, decorative features used in no other building in Porterville. A terra cotta frieze atop the front entry features eagle and acanthus motifs borrowed from Roman designs and a sunrise pattern typical of Art Deco decorations. The building is topped with a green tile roof, an unusual element in Art Deco buildings which is consistent with the vernacular Mission Revival style common in Porterville architecture. The post office is one of three Art Deco post offices remaining in California.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Robertson, Doug (April 27, 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: U.S. Post Office" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
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