Santa Monica Post Office | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Santa Monica Post Office

Dedicated in July 1938, the Santa Monica Post Office was one of many throughout the region and nation built with the support of Federal New Deal-era appropriations. Local architect Robert Dennis Murray collaborated with supervising architect Louis A. Simon and supervising engineer Neal A. Melick on the design of this PWA Moderne post office.

Though spare in its use of ornament, the concrete exterior features unique and finely articulated details. The hemispheres of the world are depicted above each of the main entrances, while a wave motif flanking the base of the entrance doors references Santa Monica’s seaside identity.

The striking Moderne interior is clad in sumptuous rose-colored marble and horizontal bands of stained woodwork that create a warm atmosphere quite unlike the cool classical interiors of earlier post offices. A stepped motif in the woodwork of the upper walls and ceiling is a unifying feature carried out in the custom designs for the suspended light fixtures and side tables.

Venice Post Office
Photo by Greg Szimonisz

Venice Post Office

Built with the support of Federal New Deal-era appropriations, the 1939 Venice Post Office features a lobby mural by Edward Biberman depicting the early history of Venice.
Photo by Flora Chou/L.A. Conservancy

Brown Derby Dome

An iconic example of the roadside vernacular architecture that was especially popular in California and designed to capture the attention of passing motorists, the flagship location of the Brown Derby was actually built in the shape of a hat.
Photo by Laura Dominguez/L.A. Conservancy

Anthony Quinn Library

Actor and East L.A. native Anthony Quinn is memorialized at the library that is now located on the site of his childhood home.