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United States Post Office, Federal Building, Courthouse

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1931–1933, James A. Wetmore. West corner of 2nd Ave. and 1st St. S.E.

This version of the Beaux-Arts tradition was carried out fairly well, yet the building is somewhat bland. The design, which came from the Washington, D.C., office of the Architect for the Treasury (under the direction of James A. Wetmore), is enlivened externally by its finely proportioned front of engaged Ionic columns and a pattern of recessed windows. Inside, the high point is a series of tempera murals depicting the theme of “Law and Culture.” Located on the walls of the lobby and in the courtroom, they were produced in the mid-1930s as a part of the WPA Federal Arts Project. They were painted by Don Glassell, Everett Jeffrey, Harry Jones, and Robert Francis White.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "United States Post Office, Federal Building, Courthouse", [Cedar Rapids, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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