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United States Post Office Building

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1935, Louis A. Simon and Neal Melick. 104 Fillmore St., near southwest corner with Washington St.

The Georgian Colonial image is here pared down to the bone. Instead of projecting the center portion of the building out from the rest of the building, the architects left the facade completely flat and suggested a pavilion by slightly lifting the center parapet. Two unusual features of the building are the slightly pointed arch of the entrance—with a striking pattern of stone surrounding the doorway—and the horizontal band below the parapet which contains a repeated pattern of cornucopias. Inside, the visitor will discover Byron Ben Boyd's WPA mural Arrival of the First Train. Note not only the train but also the revered log cabin depicted in the painting.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "United States Post Office Building", [Osceola, 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, 332-332.

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