Downtown Walking Tour
US Post Office

U.S. Post Office

(202 E. Commonwealth Avenue)

Dedicated October 28, 1939, the Fullerton Post Office was, and still is, the only federal building in the city. The Spanish Colonial Revival Building is an example of the "starved classicism" architecture favored by the Treasury Department's Offices of the Supervising Architect, which eschewed ornament and embellishment for unadorned, simply-styled buildings. The interior houses a mural ("Orange Pickers") painted by notable Southern California artist Paul Julian (1914-1995), who was commissioned by the Section of Fine Arts in 1941. Julian would go on to have a brilliant career in film, with his use of color and design layout in animation making him a seminal influence on later filmmakers. Working for Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures, Julian provided backgrounds for dozens of famous cartoons that featured such iconic figures as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Elmer Fudd, and Mr. Magoo. Julian is also the familiar sound ("Beep-beep") of the Road Runner cartoon character.

 
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