Photo: 9 November 2018
"The Truth or Consequences post office building at 300 Main Avenue,
constructed 1939-1940, is known both as a good example of an unaltered small
town single-purpose post office and for its historic association with the
federal government's New Deal arts programs." Originally the Hot
Springs Post Office and now called the Gerónimo Retail Unit, its Classical
Revival façade includes bas-relief head-on representations of a train with
telegraph poles, a 1930s-era monoplane, and a ship at sea; click the images
at left to see them in a bit more detail. The architect, Louis A. Simon,
was Supervising Architect for the U.S. Department of the Treasury during the
New Deal. The building is now a landmark: State Register #242,
National Register: 2-23-90.
- Charles Bennett, Boris Deutsch's WPA Mural in Truth or Consequences
Post Offices, Sierra County Artists Directory, Spring 2006.
- Kathryn A. Flynn, Public Art and Architecture in New Mexico 1933-1943:
A guide to the New Deal Legacy, Sunstone Press (2012), pp.146-147.
- Truth or
Consequences Main Post Office, National Register of Historic Places,
National Park Service, 23 February 1990.
A. Simon, Architect, Living Places, accessed 24 November 2018:
"In 1934, Simon was appointed as the Supervising Architect of the Treasury
Department, a position that he retained until his retirement in 1941 ...
During his tenure, Simon designed and oversaw hundreds of projects, ranging
from major buildings such as the IRS Building in Washington D.C., to small
border stations along the Canadian border in Vermont. Simon also designed
several courthouse and post office facilities ... Following the
reorganization of the Department of the Treasury's Office of the Supervising
Architect in 1933, it became common practice to hire consulting architects
to design federally funded buildings. This became a practical necessity as
heavily funded New Deal agencies, such as the Public Works Administration
(PWA), flooded the Office with commissions."
- U.S. Treasury,
Public Buildings Branch (PBB) (1933), Living New Deal website, accessed 25