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United States Post Office Building

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1940, Louis A. Simon and Neal Melick. Northwest corner of L and N. Clark streets

In the thirties the style of this building would have been called “Modern Regency.” A horizontal brick box has been placed on a low gray stone foundation. The windows and entrance are all enclosed within a U-shaped frame; the entablature and cornice have been kept flush with the brick surface of the building. Two tall Regency lamps stand on each side of the entrance platform. Within is a WPA mural by Orr C. Fisher (1942). All in all, this building is a sophisticated composition that fits well in the community's treelined streets.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "United States Post Office Building", [Forest City, 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, 386-386.

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