Beaufort, NC Post Office - 1937 - now Beaufort Town Hall

The 1997 Ruth Little Survey described the 1937 Post Office as, "A Colonial Revival building has brick veneer in Flemish bond, sash with concrete sills and lintels and a cupola with Doric pilasters and arched louvers. The handsome front entrance has a double-leaf door with transom and segmentally arched hood on which is mounted a golden eagle statuette. The entrance is flanked by fluted Doric pilasters. The interior features marble wainscot."

On August 31, 1933, Wiley Higgins Taylor Sr. assumed the postmastership at Beaufort. He was to retain that office for fifteen years and nine months. 

The US Post Office at 701-703 Front Street was built in 1937. Federal employees Louis A. Simon and Neal A. Melick were supervising architects. 

Included here are photographs obtained from the US Post Office historian's office in Washington, DC. Click one photograph to open "image viewer" for high resolution images.

In the first image, the Dr. Charles Duncan house, on the right, was moved from the corner of Front and Pollock to make room for the new Post Office.

On the left side of the middle image is the Old Inlet Inn to the west in the 600 block of Front Street - now the site of BB&T. Note the old water tower in the background.

The last photograph was taken from the west corner of Front and Pollock Streets showing the west side of the building. The south front side of the building faces Front Street on Taylors Creek.

The interior features FOUR MURALS painted in 1940 by Russian artist Simka Simkhovitch; under Roosevelt's New Deal Arts Program, artists were given work during the Depression.