January 10, 2016
2204 UNITED STATES (Colorado) - United States Customhouse in Denver
The Federal Building and United States Custom House is a historic courthouse and federal office building, part of a complex of four federal buildings located in close proximity to each other in downtown Denver. Designs for the original portion of the building, completed in 1931, came from the Office of the Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury, led at that time by James A. Wetmore. A 1937 addition, designed by Temple Hoyne Buell and G. Meredith Musick, nearly doubled the size of the building.
The building is an example of Second Renaissance Revival architecture. The arched first floor window and door openings, detailed cornices, emphasis on the horizontal elements, and stately overall appearance of the building are all characteristic of this architectural style. The base is clad in granite, as are the stairs leading to the entry doors. Though it housed various federal agencies, the building's primary occupant was the U.S. Customs Service. In need of more space, it moved to the former Stapleton Airport in 1957. The major building tenant is now the bankruptcy court.
About the stamps
About the first stamp, depicting the poinsettia, I wrote here. The following two stamps, depicting Scorpionfly and Spinybacked Spider, are part of the series Insects and Spiders, about which I wrote here. The last stamp, depicting Lark bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) and Rocky Mountain columbine (Aquilegia saximontana), the bird and the flower of the state of Colorado, is part of the series State Birds and Flowers, about which I wrote here.
United States Customhouse (Denver, Colorado) - Wikipedia
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 01.12.2015
Published by Elmer C. Clark