Phoebus Post Office
, Hampton, Virginia.
Interior, photographed May 31, 2017. Unlike most 1930s Post Offices, this
one's interior is virtually unchanged since it it was built. The woodwork,
, the glass-cased wood-frame
bulletin boards, the marble wainscotting and trim, and the Depression-era
mural Chesapeake Fishermen
by William H. Calfee[1,2]. It's like
going back in time.
- William H. Calfee Foundation.
“During the Great
Depression he produced murals for the Fine Arts Section of the Department of
the Interior. The murals can be found today in a number of post offices in
Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware.”
- Smithsonian Institution,
William H. Calfee papers, 1937-1982: ”Painter, sculptor;
Washington, D.C. area. Calfee worked on WPA mural projects for post offices
in the 1930s. He was chair of the art dept. at American University,
- Raynor, Patricia, New
Deal Post Office Murals, Off The Wall Volume 6, Issue 4,
October-December 1997, Smithsonian
National Postal Museum.
Photos by George and Connie Gilmer, taken May-August 2017.