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United States Post Office Building

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1931, Louis A. Simon and George Van Nerta. Northeast corner of Federal and 1st streets
  • United States Post Office Building (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

A single-story rectangular brick box has been transformed into a piece of architecture by careful and thoughtful handling of the facades. The center of the street front has been pulled forward just a bit, and within this entrance wing the architects have arranged three long arches with elongated recessed panels on each side. The two flanking arches contain well-proportioned and detailed Palladian windows. The foundation of the building has been treated as a stone-sheathed band, and its horizontality is repeated in a second, quite thin band that runs around the building some 30 inches below the top of the parapet. As to imagery, the architects were, of course, thinking of eighteenth-century American Colonial architecture.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "United States Post Office Building", [Hampton, 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, 398-399.

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