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United States Post Office Building

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1936, Louis A. Simon and Neal Melick. 510 9th St.

It is remarkable how many subtle variations on the Colonial Revival theme were worked out in the thirties by Simon and Melick. Here we have the usual brick box with a gable roof, but its point of difference is the entrance. It is recessed within a rectangle, and then it culminates in a high lunette window. In the public space inside is a 1938 WPA mural by John Bloom; the subject, farmers and a cornfield.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


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

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 77-77.

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