This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Minutiae from downtown

This week there are a couple of new things downtown that are not of special importance. Since lack of importance has never stopped me from posting about things before, why should it stop me now?

The Post Office is getting a new roof. (They are using ladders rather than a bucket truck. Very unusual.)

A previous post discussed the mural that is in the Post Office, but I do not recall saying much about the Post Office building itself. The Jasper County Interim Report really liked the building, giving it an outstanding rating. It was built in 1937 and Louis Simon was the supervising architect. The Report says it represents the colonial revival style.

The other change is a new sign for 5/3 Bank. The old sign had stopped working quite a while ago, but I am disappointed that the new sign does not have the temperature and time on it.

You can see in the photo above that the city has put up the street Christmas decorations. The Rensselaer Republican had a picture of a worker installing one, something that I missed.


Anonymous said...

i walked past the post office back in sept., it brought back memories.

reMark said...

I talked with Marty in the Post Office and he said he has been at the Rensselaer PO for XX years (you will have to ask him), and they have never had a new roof. They have done some patching, but he guesses it is the original roof.

Another interesting note, the painting inside the Post Office is painted on canvas. I always thought it was painted directly on the wall. Marty said a couple of years ago there was talk of taking it down to be professionally cleaned, etc. . .in Chicago. They ultimately decided against it since the walls were so damp they were afraid it would do more harm than good for the one of a kind painting.