As the decade of the 1930s progressed, the firm of architect Wyatt Hedrick continued to pack the hottest drafting pencil in the West.
Hedrick’s architectural firm was turning a three-block stretch of Lancaster Avenue into a showcase of his firm’s artistry on a grand scale. His Texas & Pacific passenger terminal and Texas & Pacific freight terminal had opened in 1931. In 1933 his central post office would open. Inside and out, the post office would remain among the most photogenic buildings in town.
Planning for the ambitious project began in 1930. On November 19 Hedrick presented preliminary sketches to the Treasury Department’s supervising architect. (Front Street soon would be renamed “Lancaster Avenue” in honor of T&P president John L. Lancaster.) Clip is from the November 20 Dallas Morning News.
On January 25, 1931 Hedrick announced that construction bids on the $1.24 million ($17 million today) job would be advertised soon. Clip is from the January 26, 1931 Dallas Morning News.
On July 9, 1931 the Dallas Morning News reported that a construction contract had been awarded.
In February 1933 the Star-Telegram published a sneak preview of the new post office.
Two weeks later the public viewed the new post office, which replaced the facility in the 1896 federal building/post office on Jennings Avenue.
Some views of Wyatt Hedrick’s central post office:
For the post office Hedrick began with beaux arts and classical styles, . . .
but gave the building a Fort Worth flavor with Cowrinthian capitals atop columns.
And some lions.
Another lion on a table leg in the lobby.
Lions, dentil molding, and scallops.
A lion and more cows.
Lobby ceiling. The ceiling of the central post office and of the adjacent Texas & Pacific passenger terminal are surely the most impressive in town.
Detail of the ceiling.
The building also features key-pattern (fret) bands. The bottom photo shows the edge of a table in the lobby.
The post office box doors feature both key-pattern bands and medallions.
Lamp post with the T&P freight terminal in the background.
These marble columns feature egg-and-dart banding on the capitals.
More egg-and-dart outside.
Feet of a lamp post. More medallions.
Feet of a lamp base in the lobby.
Ornamentation on an entrance.
Inscription of the cornerstone.
It took a lot of shoe leather to wear these depressions in the marble floor in front of teller’s cages in the lobby.