Machias Post Office and Customhouse

The former Machias Post Office and Customhouse is a historic government building at Maine and Center Streets in Machias, Maine. Built in 1872, it is a prominent local example of Italianate architecture executed in brick. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[1] It now houses offices of the Machias Savings Bank.

Machias Post Office and Customhouse
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Machias Post Office and Customhouse is located in Maine
Machias Post Office and Customhouse
Machias Post Office and Customhouse is located in the United States
Machias Post Office and Customhouse
LocationMain and Center Sts., Machias, Maine
Coordinates44°42′55″N 67°27′30″W / 44.71528°N 67.45833°W / 44.71528; -67.45833Coordinates: 44°42′55″N 67°27′30″W / 44.71528°N 67.45833°W / 44.71528; -67.45833
Area0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built1872
Built byHoratio L. Hill
ArchitectAlfred B. Mullett
Architectural styleItalianate
NRHP reference No.77000090[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 23, 1977

Description and historyEdit

The Machias Post Office and Customhouse is located at the western corner of Center Street and Main Street (United States Route 1) in the heart of Machias' downtown area. It is a two-story red brick building, topped by a hip roof and set on a granite foundation. Its main facade faces Main Street, and is a symmetrical three bays wide, with the center bay projecting slightly and capped by a fully pedimented gable. One principal entrance is on the first floor of that section, set in a round-arch opening with keystone and pilastered columns. Windows are set in round-arch openings on the first floor and segmented-arch openings on the second, with stone sills and keystones. The Center Street facade is five bays wide, with a similar arrangement and styling of doors and windows.[2]

Early federal government facilities in Machias were located in leased spaces secured by the postmasters and customs collectors, a condition eventually found inadequate due to frequently changing addresses, and spaces that were not properly configured for the purpose. In 1867 the United States Congress authorized construction of this building, for which the land was acquired in 1870, and the construction completed in 1872. The building was designed by Alfred B. Mullett, the supervising architect of the United States Treasury Department, and the construction was supervised by Horatio L. Hill, a local builder and architect. In order to save costs, materials were sourced locally.[2]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Machias Post Office and Customhouse". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-11-03.