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U.S. Post Office

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1937–1938, Louis A. Simon, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. 323 8th Ave.

This post office is typical of the Moderne designs produced from the office of supervising architect Louis A. Simon, in considerable contrast to his office’s many Colonial Revival models. The facade is symmetrical and the chief design element is the front entrance with fluted wood pilasters and a full entablature with dentil molding. The Langdon post office is one of only three post offices in the state with a mural commissioned by the Fine Arts Section of the Treasury. Measuring 12 x 5 feet, the mural is on the east side of the lobby above the postmaster’s door. The mural, Indians Demanding Toll from Wagon Train for Crossing Their Land, was painted in 1939 by Leo J. Beaulaurier. The mural depicts an encounter on horseback between three Native American men and a European scout from a wagon train.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay
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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "U.S. Post Office", [Langdon, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/ND-01-CV2.

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Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 99-99.

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