AKA: Van Nuys Main Post Office, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - post offices

Designers: Harris, John Robert, Architect (firm); John Robert Harris (architect)

Dates: constructed 1935

2 stories

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14530 Sylvan Street
Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA 91411-2324

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This Spanish Colonial Revival post office was done in the mid-1930s, at the height of Depression-era austerity. A hipped roof covered a simple rectangular form. Ornamentation was limited to the front facade, where wrought iron work trimmed the arched openings of the main door and its flanking windows. Wrought iron work also ornamented two smaller windows on either side of the tri-arched entryway. Little other detailing was lavished on any other facade. According to a Los Angeles Times article of 08/20/1978, the post office was one of five buildings being considered by the Cultural Heritage Board for inclusion on the list of the city's Historic-Cultural Monuments. (The other four were the Baird House [1921] at 14603 Hamlin Street, the Valley Municipal Building [1932] on Sylvan Street, the Van Nuys Hotel [1911] at 6211 Van Nuys Boulevard and the Van Nuys Woman's Club [1917] at 14836 Sylvan Street.) The Post Office and Van Nuys Hotel were not designated by the city, but the former was by placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Baird House, the Valley Municipal Building and the Van Nuys Woman's Club all became Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments on 10/18/1978. The Post Office was vacant in 1978.

PCAD id: 13327