The Brazil U.S. Post Office was constructed in 1911. It was purchased in 1977 by the Clay County Historical Society.
By DIANE DIERKS
Tourists drive by and stop just to find out about the building, says Mary Moore, curator of the Clay County Historical Society.
Brazil is fortunate to have such a stately building grace our town. The building was constructed in 1911 and stood as the U.S. Post Office until 1977, when it was purchased by the Clay County Historical Society.
The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by architect James Knox Taylor and constructed in the style of Beaux-Arts, which according to the web site ask.com, is an eclectic Neoclassical style, popular between 1885 and 1920. The building is made of Indiana limestone, Vermont granite and Clay County brick. Total cost to build was $56,723.
The Historical Society has made very few changes and according to information provided by the museum, there is a secret passageway that begins in a second floor closet and leads from the basement to the skylight, that was used to spy on postal workers.
The Clay County Historical Society Old Post Office Museum is open for tours Monday - Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Please call 446-4036 for more information.