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PLACES: Historic Post Office Daytona

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Daytona Beach Florida has some unexpected beauty's and this historic Post Office is one of them. 

It's located on Beach Street which is growing tremendously as a cultural downtown. It's a unique shop lined street with colorful reminders of the past. It also runs along the Halifax river.

I went to high school in Daytona and my frequent visits home always surprise me. The Daytona International speedway has been revamped but most importantly many small businesses are thriving and the artistic culture of Daytona is flourishing.

The two story Post Office located at 220 N. Beach Street was designed by architect Harry M. Griffin. The style of architecture is considered Spanish Colonial Revival and the front was built of stone from the Florida Keys. Its remarkable construction has been practically unaltered since it's construction in 1932, amazing! 

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It has a beautiful repetition of cast iron arched framed windows and entry way with bas-relief eagles as the US Post Office symbol above. Limestone based Art Deco lamp-posts and Spanish style barrel tiles add the finishing touches to this building.

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The Post Office was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on June 30, 1988. Russell & Axon, Inc. stated, "This building reflects a strong Spanish influence and is a prime example of Spanish inspired historic architecture."
Next time your in Daytona Beach, make sure you send your postcards from here ;)
-chels

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