During the Depression the federal government built over 1,100
post offices throughout the country as part of the New Deal including at least
twelve in North Carolina. The Franklin
Post Office was constructed in 1935, followed by post offices in Marion, Reidsville,
Lincolnton, Louisburg, Newton, Warrenton, Boone, Leaksville, Weldon, Brevard
Many of these
post offices were built by the Public Works Administration and were similar in
architectural style and design. In North
Carolina Brevard, Boone, Leaksville, Lincolnton, Newton and Marion all had post
offices that resembled one another.
|Brevard Post Office, 1941|
On August 3, 1938 bids were received on ten sites available
in the downtown Brevard. A lot on the
corner of Broad and Morgan Streets was purchased from Mrs. Beulah Zachary for
$4000 on May 5, 1939. Groundbreaking took
place on May 6, 1940. The Post Office
began operating from the building in January 1941.
The structure was built of brick in the Federal/Greek
Revival style. The front featured a
large central door with a classical surround under a segmental arch. Limestone formed the lintels and sills of the
twelve-over-twelve sash windows and the cornerstone. There is a classical cupola with windows on
the center roof ridge.
|Brevard Post Office from Morgan Street side, 1941|
The supervising architect for the building was Louis A.
Simon and the government engineer was Victor J. Oliver. J.L. Beam was superintendent for Boyd and
Goforth contractors. The PWA stressed the importance of high
quality workmanship to ensure character and lasting benefits.
served as the Brevard Post Office for over 30 years until postal service moved
to a new building on West Main Street in early 1972.
In 1973 the
county purchased the building from the General Services Administration in order
to provide a new home for the Transylvania County Library. Renovations were undertaken to open the space
up and lower the ceiling to provide better lighting and save on heating the
building. A 2300 square foot addition
was also added to the north side of the existing 3500 square foot building. Additions were also made on each side of the
back entrance—for an office on the south side and the North Carolina Room on
the north side.
|Transylvania County Library, 1995|
The new library
opened at 3:00 pm on Monday, November 11, 1974.
The marble faced charge desk was saved from the old post office, as was
the “Most Wanted Criminal” bulletin board.
The basement was also renovated to include a large meeting room for
programs for both adults and children.
|Children’s Wing construction, 1985|
In 1982 another
addition was planned for a Children’s Wing to be added on the back of the 1974
addition. Due to “delays in processing
of county tax collections” and a “cash-flow burden” construction did not
actually begin until September 1985.
Additional delays in the construction of the 2000 square foot Children’s
Wing stretched the project to nearly a year.
The new Children’s Wing, along with a renovated area for the Sarah Keels
Tilson Historical Room opened in early September.
In May 2006 the
library moved out of the building to its new location just two doors down Broad
In 2013 County
Commissioners voted to renovate the building once more. The Transylvania County Administration
Offices opened in the former Brevard Post Office, later the Transylvania County
Library, on Monday, October 20, 2014.
information for this column are provided by the Rowell Bosse North Carolina
Room, Transylvania County Library. Visit
the NC Room during regular library hours (Monday-Friday) to learn more about
our history and see additional photographs.
For more information, comments or suggestions contact Marcy at [email protected]
or 828-884-3151 X242.