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United States Post Office Building

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1917, James A. Wetmore. Northeast corner of Grand St. and Linden Ave.

The image of America's eighteenth-century Colonial Georgian style is carried out here as beautifully as one will find in any public building of the teens. A pedimented porch with four Tuscan columns dominates the front; within the porch, the building's facade bears a composition of windows and upper panels to each side of the high entrance doorway with its lunette window. Each side of the building displays a central white panel articulated by pilasters, niches, and arches. The building's balustrade forms a strong horizontal termination to its design; here, panels of balustrades are placed between a lower false cornice and a white band of stone that forms the cap for the parapet.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "United States Post Office Building", [Chariton, 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, 318-318.

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