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United States Post Office and Federal Building

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1932–1934, James A. Wetmore; Proudfoot, Rawson, Souers, and Thomas; Herbert A. Kennison. 350 W. 6th St.

This four-story PWA Moderne post office is reminiscent of the work of Paul P. Cret in the late 1920s (e.g., the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., 1928–1932). The central four-story pavilion, dominated by smooth masonry surfaces and sculptured eagles which “grow” out of the parapet corners of the building, looks back to the mid-twenties designs of Bertram G. Goodhue. Within, one will find two Grant Wood-inspired murals of the 1930s: Bertram Adam's Early Settlers of Dubuque (1936–1937) and William E. L. Bunn's Early Mississippi Steamboats (1936–1937). Of the three buildings that John Noland projected in his 1932 civic center design, the post office was the only one realized. The post office was to have been connected by an arcade to a new city hall to the south, and to the other side of the city hall was to be the courthouse.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "United States Post Office and Federal Building", [Dubuque, 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, 83-83.

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