Location Information
(for the U.S. Post Office)
Name:U.S. Post Office
Address:201 Pearl Street, North
City/County:Carthage, Leake County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:1939
Architectural Styles(s):Art Deco, Georgian Revival
No. of Stories:1
Registration Information
NR Listing Date:21 Apr 1983
NR District Name:Carthage
NR Status:Contributing
Element No.:98
MPS:U.S. Post Offices, 1931-1941
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Local Designation Information
Local District Name:Carthage Historic District
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Context/Comments
The Carthage Post Office is the most signficant of the major public buildings in Carthage, and its prismatic quality, inherent in the rigid, punctured outer walls, can be traced to the Art Deco style. The amalgamation of this attribute with a hipped roof and cupola, typically Georgian Revival features, is distinctive. Overall, the proportions and detailing are refined and carefully designed.

This building was designed and built under the direction of Louis A. Simon (1867-1958), Supervising Architect of the Treasury from 1933 to 1939 and subsequently Supervising Architect for the Public Buildings Administration of the Federal Works Agency, and was built under the auspices of the Federal Works Agency. As was common for small-town post offices in the late 1930s, this building was built from standardized plans that were used for other post office buildings elsewhere in the United States. This design was used for post offices in LaGrange, Indiana; Hawarden, Iowa; Carthage, Mississippi; Bethany, Missouri; Rugby, North Dakota; Tillamook, Oregon; Beresford, South Dakota; and Hudson, Wisconsin.