DELMAR POST OFFICE
HAS BEEN PLACED ON THE
OF HISTORIC PLACES
BY THE UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
The post office was added to the National Register in 1988 with its historic significance being in its architecture. In 1939, Louis Simon of the US Treasury Department was the supervising architect for several Colonial Revival post office buildings including the one in Delmar. This is the only one without a cupola gracing the roof line.
|The front view of the Delmar Post Office hasn't changed much in the 74 years since this postcard was mailed.|
Inside is this mural painted by Sol Wilson called The Indian Ladder.
Sol Wilson (1893-1974) saw himself as an "expressive realist" and told his students "you cannot escape your own feelings, or your lack of feelings, about life in your painting." So, next time you are waiting in line at the Delmar Post Office you can ponder what Wilson was thinking and feeling as he composed and painted this piciture of an iconic Albany county location.
For more examples of Sol Wilson's work, visit this website: http://www.juliehellergallery.com/JHG/Sol_Wilson.html
For more on post office art in New York visit http://www.wpamurals.com/newyork.htm. The website points out that post office art was commissioned by the Treasury Department Section of Painting and Sculpture not by the Works Progress Administration. Wilson did do other art for the WPA.
but note that this list is not up to date.
Here's a complete, Bethlehem only list.
Bethlehem House, Dinmore Road, Cedar Hill, Selkirk
U.S. Post Office, Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Slingerlands House, 36 Bridge Street, Slingerlands
Patterson Farmhouse, 47 Murray Avenue, Delmar
District School No. 1, 1003 River Road, Cedar Hill, Selkirk
VanDerHyden House, 823 Delaware Ave, Delmar
Schoonmaker House, 283 Beaverdam Road, Selkirk
Bethlehem Grange, 24 Bridge Street, Beckers Corners, Selkirk
First Dutch Reformed Church, Church Road, Selkirk
Babcock House, 101 Lasher Road, Selkirk
Rowe Farm, 281 Bridge Street, Selkirk
Slingerlands Historic District, New Scotland Road, Bridge St, Mullens Rd, Slingerlands Sprong House, 698 Kenwood Avenue, Slingerlands
|August 18, 2012|