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|Written by:||Staff Writer|
October 26, 2011
Our office, the Post Office, is a lot like us….firmly grounded in history and tradition. In a way, it precisely reflects our values and practice. To walk through our doors is to travel back to a time when quality and personal service mattered, when structures and relationships were built to endure for decades, and when a sense of community and stewardship was the bedrock of a strong society.
Famed architect, Mott Schmidt, designed the old Mount Kisco Post Office. As in many of his buildings, Schmidt deftly accommodated the requirements of modern life: a post office and municipal government office complex within the envelope of the 18th century idiom known as Georgian. Like many of his eclectic contemporaries, Schmidt demonstrated that with knowledge and creative adaptation, the style could not only endure, but also provide continuity with cultural traditions cherished by the residents of a town like Mount Kisco or Bedford, where he made his own home. This building compares favorably to other 1930s colonial revival public buildings, such as Cameron Clark’s Town Hall in Washington, Connecticut, and Aymar Embury’s Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York. Arched windows and classic lighting fixtures lend a welcoming air of old-world elegance. Inside, the building houses a grand piano, bronze postal boxes, and several historic WPA murals.