The south wall was recently rebuilt by the owner to help preserve the building - every effort was made to respect the integrity of the building with the choice of appropriate materials and the reuse of corner bricks.
"Louden Fairfield Iowa" is cast into the bottom of the cast iron columns. Casting skills had increased greatly since the castings on building # 1.
This building was also built by Senator James Wilson, at the same time as building #11.
The Former United States Post Office was the first building erected in Fairfield specifically for federal government purposes and calls attention to Wilson's political connections in federal government.
The federal government typically rented buildings during this period for U. S. Post Office purposes, as opposed to federal ownership of these facilities.
The U. S. Post Office had previously been located at the rear of a general store in Fairfield. Its relocation into a building of its own indicates the growing stature of Fairfield as a community.
This new location was the first building leased in Fairfield for governmental purposes.
The present U. S. Post Office in Fairfield is located on West Broadway Ave at 2nd Street, a block west of Central Park.
Click here for the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for this building, which you can then download.
Cast into the base of the column is "Louden Fairfield Iowa"