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Hartsville Post Office, Darlington County (jct. of Home & Fifth Aves., Hartsville)
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(Hartsville Memorial Library; Hartsville Museum) The Hartsville Post Office is significant as a good example of an early twentieth century post office. The building, completed and occupied in the fall of 1930, was designed under the supervision of James A. Wetmore, Acting Supervising Architect of the United States Department of the Treasury 1915-1934. Wetmore was not an architect but an administrator. He supervised over two thousand federal projects during his tenure. It was built by contractors Jones and Company, of Wilson, North Carolina, and supervised on site by Ernest C. Steward, engineer with the Department of the Treasury. This one-story, brick Colonial Revival style building has a rectangular plan and flat roof with parapet. The five bay symmetrical fašade features large arched window openings with decorative keystones, ten-over-ten double hung sash, and fanlights. The central, arched entry has double, multi-light doors and fanlight. The entry is recessed within a stone, segmental pediment with pilasters and block modillions. The fašade is accented by brick quoins, water table, and molded cornice below the parapet. The side elevations have tripartite windows with multi-light transoms. This building served as Hartsville’s post office until 1963, when a new post office was built; since that time it has housed the Hartsville Memorial Library. Listed in the National Register June 4, 1997.

View the complete text of the nomination form for this National Register property. In addition, the Historic Resources of Hartsville, ca. 1817-ca. 1941 includes historical background information for this and other related National Register properties.

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