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Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

United States Post Office

Oscar Wenderoth, Architect; 1914

 

—Listed on the National Register of Historic Places —

 
United State Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
1. United State Post Office Marker
Inscription.
City of Berkeley Landmark
designated in 1980
Berkeley’s elegant Main Post Office is representative of the Second Renaissance Revival style, also called Neo-Classical Revival. Government buildings constructed in this era were designed to “educate and develop the public taste and eventually elevate it to a higher plane.” Classical motifs decorate the building’s exterior and interior. The exterior terra cotta arches that are supported by plain tuscan columns are repeated on the inner wall of the loggia and again in the wall between the lobby and the main workroom. The mural over the door of the original Postmaster’s office, which depicts figures from California’s Spanish and pioneer periods, was painted in 1936-1937 by Suzanne Scheuer for the Treasury Relief Art Project during the Depression.
 
Erected 1998 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
 
Location. 37° 52.134′ N, 122° 16.205′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Allston Way east of Milvia Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2000 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94704, United States of America.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
2. United State Post Office
The marker is on the post office wall above the rear end of the black automobile.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Berkeley Y.M.C.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Elks Club Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Armstrong College Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Land Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Berkeley Public Library (about 500 feet away); Jos. H. McCourt / Bruno L. Putzker (about 600 feet away); Veterans Memorial Building (about 600 feet away); Morse Block (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Also see . . .  Berkeley Main Post Office. The Living New Deal's page for the Berkeley Main Post Office's artwork, depicting both the exterior relief, "Post Office Activities", by David Slivka, and the interior mural, "Incidents in California History", by Susan Scheuer. (Submitted on April 15, 2012.) 
 
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United State Post Office image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
3. United State Post Office
The marker is on the post office wall above the hood of the white car.
<i>Post Office Activities</i> - a sculptural relief by David Slivka, 1937 image. Click for full size.
April 1, 2012
4. Post Office Activities - a sculptural relief by David Slivka, 1937
Commissioned by the US Treasury Department, this WPA-era mural is found at the east end of the post office's loggia. Of note: 1) in one of the postal worker's hands is an envelope addressed to "All Mankind, Truth Abode on Freedom Road", 2) in the lower left of the relief is an envelope addressed to the sculptor, David Slivka, with a December 1937 date, 3) the bent-over figure about to lift a mail sack is the noted sculptor Ralph Stackpole, a former teacher of Slivka.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 599 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on . • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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