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United States Post Office Garage, 135 A Street (northeast corner A & West First Stre, South Boston, Suffolk County, MA



B&W Photos

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BWPhotos 380470

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BWPhotos 380475

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BWPhotos 380476

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BWPhotos 380477

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BWPhotos 380478

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BWPhotos 380479

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BWPhotos 380480

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BWPhotos 380482

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BWPhotos 380484

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BWPhotos 380491


Item Title
BWPhotos 380491

Location
135 A Street (northeast corner A & West First Stre, South Boston, MA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MA-1298
Building/structure dates: 1940 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1960 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1968 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1973 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1975 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1982 subsequent work
Significance: Built in 1940-41 by the federal Public Buildings Administration, the United States Post Office Garage survives as a rare Boston-area of example of the International Style of architecture. This functionally designed structure well represents the tenants of this style of architecture with its stark concrete walls and minimal ornamentation, most notably the streamlined curves at corners and entrances. This huge concrete building stands in stark contrast to the 19th century brick warehouse and factory buildings of the adjacent Fort Point Channel historic district to the north. The building was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, a consulting architect for the Public Buildings Administration in the 1930s who built numerous federal buildings, some quite well known. The building was outfitted with some novel and significant features including a huge ramp able to carry large trucks to the second floor and a traveling crane and chain fall trolley system to transport vehicle components through the building.

Subjects
Building Deterioration
Postal Service
Garages


Related Names
Public Buildings Administration
Underwood, Gilbert Stanley
U.S. Postal Service
Carmody, John M.
Reynolds, W. E.
Simon, Louis A.
Stupich, Martin, Photographer
Galer, Gregory, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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