In the Phoenix Federal Building/Post Office
|Architects/Builder:||Lescher & Mahoney, Phoenix, AZ|
|Historic Use:||Federal Building and Post Office|
|Present Use:||ASU Student Services, Downtown Campus|
|National Register Status:||Listed|
|Location on Campus|
The significance of the Phoenix Federal Building is its local intrinsic and representational values in the areas of architecture, art, and politics/government. Architecturally, the Post Office is representative of the eclectic revivalism which distinguished many federal buildings designed by private architects in the 1920s and 1930s. The building is a “sophisticated and well preserved” example of it genre, a medium-scaled public building of the early thirties. The original murals in the lobby are locally important examples of the type of federally sponsored decorative artwork produced during the Depression. The Federal Building represents Phoenix’s part of an extensive federal building program initiated in the late 1920s by the Hoover administration, the forerunner to Roosevelt’s Public Works Administration.
The Phoenix Federal Building/Post now provides ASU students with meeting rooms and student services at the ASU Downtown Campus such as student advocacy, rights and responsibilities, career services, campus services hotline, student engagement and more. Administrative offices for the Executive Vice Provost, Administrative Services, Dean for Student Affairs, and ASU Police also reside in this building. The U.S. Postal Service retail operation is located on the first floor and is open to the community while also providing students with post office box services.