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Watertown in Codington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Watertown Post Office

20-28 South Broadway

 

— Watertown Commercial Historic District —

 
Watertown Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2018
1. Watertown Post Office Marker
Inscription.  Built 1908-1909, rear addition 1933 W.P.A. Project. Postal Service left building 1976.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list.
 
Location. 44° 53.972′ N, 97° 6.883′ W. Marker is in Watertown, South Dakota, in Codington County. Marker is on South Broadway north of 1st Avenue Southeast, on the right when traveling north. Marker is mounted at knee-level beside the staircase, just left of the building entrance, facing South Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26 South Broadway, Watertown SD 57201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tarbell Block (within shouting distance of this marker); McIntyre Block (within shouting distance of this marker); O. N. Whistler Meat Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Rosa Frey Millinery Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Office & Auditorium (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial Building
Watertown Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2018
2. Watertown Post Office Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Company H. Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Codington County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watertown.
 
Regarding Watertown Post Office. National Register of Historic Places #76001726. Also a contributing property, Watertown Commercial Historic District, NRHP #89000834.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Watertown Commercial Historic District
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Post Office (Wikipedia). The Watertown Post Office was built in 1908 and served until 1976. From 1976 to 2009, it was known as Old Post Office Square, and housed several tenants. From 2009 to 2014 it was home to KXLG in Watertown. It currently houses legal offices. (Submitted on August 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Watertown Post Office National Register Nomination. (Submitted on August 21, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Historic Watertown Guided Tour. The building is an excellent example of Beaux-Arts design. Note the balustraded parapet with the large eagle sculpture, curving
Old Watertown Post Office (<i>southwest corner</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2018
3. Old Watertown Post Office (southwest corner)
swags in floral design, cornice and prominent keystones over large windows. Special care was taken in the W.P.A. project in 1933 to carefully match the limestone of the original structure when the addition was built on the east side of the building. Many post office features still exist in the main entry interior. (Submitted on August 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Old Watertown Post Office (<i>eagle above entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2018
4. Old Watertown Post Office (eagle above entrance)
Old Watertown Post Office (<i>north elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2018
5. Old Watertown Post Office (north elevation)
(1933 WPA addition visible on left)
Old Watertown Post Office (<i>south elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2018
6. Old Watertown Post Office (south elevation)
(1933 WPA addition visible on right)
Old Watertown Post Office (<i>west elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2018
7. Old Watertown Post Office (west elevation)
Watertown Post Office image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2018
8. Watertown Post Office
(the new Watertown Post Office is located ½ mile east on Kemp Avenue)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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