Troy in Pike County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Historic Troy Post Office
Chiseled in the cornerstone are the words, Franklin MacVeagh, Secretary of the Treasury, James Knox Taylor, Supervising Architect, MCMX.
This Classical Revival-style Post Office remained in service until 1980. The building draws heavily on both Roman and Greek models for its design. It has two stories and a basement; with the main workroom having the full height of the building. The massive revolving door of oak, with brass push plates, was an innovation when the building was first occupied. The building measured 40 by 80 feet on a lot 120 by 100 feet. Parcel post service was instituted all over the country in 1912. In January 1913, The Messenger reported that the parcel post business was “good in Troy and is growing by leaps and bounds.” During the first seven days, more than 800 package arrived in the city. During that same period, there were about 600 packages distributed from Troy by parcel post.
The building has a seven-bay front with a closely engaged portico. The portico has two brick pilasters, which stand in high relief to the main façade and four engaged
After being renovated in July 2007, the old post office reopened to the public in 2008 as the Johnson Center for the Arts.
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Troy.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately 📭 series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1913.
Location. 31° 48.516′ N, 85° 58.221′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Troy AL 36081, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pike County WWI Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First United Methodist Church (about 500 feet away); Three Notch Road (about 600 feet away); Confederate Memorial (about 600 feet away); Pike County's John Lewis: National Civil Rights Icon (approx. ¼ mile away); Academy Street High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chancellor's Residence (approx. ¾ mile away); Janice Hawkins Park (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Troy.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 865 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 12, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.