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United States Post Office Building

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1934, Louis A. Simon. Northeast corner of 2nd St. and 2nd Ave. N.E.

Not a very inspired design, this post office is essentially a brick box which, through a few details—a keystone above the windows, and a lunette—hints at an eighteenth-century Georgian precedent. Inside, however, is a great 1930s WPA mural, Postman in the Snow, by Robert Taylor.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "United States Post Office Building", [Independence, 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, 404-404.

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