Jan 17, 2013

Allentown Post Office


In the 1930's, the "New Deal" was good to Allentown. As I noted on earlier posts, our park system was enriched by monumental stone construction under the WPA. We also received one of the architectural gems of our area, the magnificent art deco post office. Constructed during 1933-34, no detail was spared in making the lobby an ageless classic. The floor is adorned with handmade Mercer tiles from Doylestown. Muralist Gifford Reynolds Beal worked thru 1939 portraying the Valley's cultural and industrial history. This incredible 74 year old photograph is the contractor's documentation of the project's progress. The back of the photo states; Taken Sept 1 - 34 showing lobby, floor, screens, desks, completed & fixtures hung

The photograph will enlarge when clicked.

Reprinted for January is History Month

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The current Lehigh County commissioners would never agree to take federal grant money for such a wasteful project

Anonymous said...

6:40 -

Why would you make that (off topic) comment?

The decision by the US Postal Service as to whether to build a new post office is entirely and rightfully under the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government.

Anonymous said...

I stand corrected.