Graham’s Old Post Office Museum & Art Center is a heritage traveler’s delight. The Museum is filled with permanent exhibits of Young County history, including photographs covering the region’s oil boom, a military collection of uniforms and field equipment, and artifacts from the region’s World War II German prisoner-of-war camp. The Art Center mounts rotating exhibits of paintings, photography and other artwork by Texas artists. The Museum building is a work of art and history as well, built in the 1930’s to house Graham’s post office. The building’s architecture represents a fine example of Art Moderne, the style of the period during the Great Depression. Completed in 1936, the one-and-a-half story building was constructed of buff brick accented with a cast-stone frieze and cornice and capped with a flat roof, helping to define its cube-like mass. The exterior exhibits classic Art Moderne elements including a carved frieze featuring a geometrical zigzag pattern, decorative lighting fixtures, and ornamental grillwork. Inside, a mural by Texas regionalist Alexandre Hogue, courtesy of the New Deal, depicts elements of the city’s history. The building has seen few changes over time and remains much the same as it was when first built, thus maintaining a high degree of architectural and artistic integrity.
Old Post Office Museum & Art Center