The United States Post Office building in Chatham, Virginia, built in 1935, is of the Colonial Revival style which was so popular at that time. Only three years earlier the Raleigh Tavern, the first project of the Rockefeller-sponsored Colonial Williamsburg project, had been completed 200 miles east of Chatham.
Chatham itself already had examples of Colonial Revival interest. Local historian Maud Carter Clement had engaged landscape architects from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to design a copy of William Pitt's garden for her North Main Street home. In 1930 J. J. Whitehead had sold for a significant sum boxwood from his home south of Chatham, possibly for the Colonial Williamsburg restoration.
The Post Office's red brick Colonial Revival style became a precedent for many of Chatham's public buildings built since 1935.
A significant interior mural, Harvest Season in Southern Virginia by Carson Davenport, has graced the north wall of the building's lobby since 1938.
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