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1940, Louis A. Simon, OSA. Southeast corner of Railroad Ave. and E. 4th St. (NR)

The most detailed and complete of five small Colonial Revival post offices in the state is a red brick jewel, beautifully polished. Framed by two giant lilacs and brass and copper lanterns, granite steps lead to a Georgian Revival entry with a cast iron eagle perched below thirteen stars in the arched transom. Fluted wooden columns and leaded windows flank doors leading to an interior sparkling with the original brass-bordered terrazzo floor, travertine wain-scoting, wood paneling, and golden oak writing stands. George Vander Sluis of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center painted the 1942 mural, Colorado Landscape, above the postmaster's office door. Beyond the style, uncommon in this part of the country, the exceptional detailing for so small and late a post office is noteworthy.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Post Office", [Rifle, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 486-486.

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