50. South Virginia / Exterior

Like most federal post offices of this size constructed in the Depression Era, Fifty South Virginia is three stories high with a recessed basement level. The Art Moderne style of Fifty South Virginia combines classical architecture with the geometric decorative patterns of the Art Deco movement in a simplified, streamlined style. A subset of Art Moderne, ZigZag Moderne features “flat” designs and bands that incorporate geometric patterning. Immediately visible on the exterior of the structure are the decorative belt courses that wrap the building to form a decorative entablature.