Here is the answer for Where in the Valley...? for January 16 - 22, 2001
Photograph: Ron Boehm
Boy, lots of guesses on this one, but no correct answers. This wind vane is stuck onto the top of the Post Office in Lebanon. It looks like a fish to us, but why that would be appropriate for a Post office is beyond comprehension...
From a web page of Connecticut River Historic Sites Database & Connecticut River Heritage Trails [http://www.valley.net/~connriver/N10-19.htm]
U.S. Post Office, (11 East Park Street), 1937.
This single-story, neo-Colonial structure is constructed of brick laid in a Flemish bond capped by a hip roof and measuring five bays wide with a central entrance above a flight of granite stairs. The two bays flanking the double-doored entry are framed by stone pilaster strips and feature tall multi-paned windows which rise to the plain stone frieze with panelled aprons located below. The outside bays each contain 6/6 window with segmental lintels constructed of radiating header bricks and wooden window frames adorned by projecting moldings and cornerblocks, the window form repeated on the side elevations. The structure sits on a foundation of smooth-faced blocks of granite. An octagonal cupola is centered on the ridge above a metal base, translucent panes of glass and capped by a weathervane. A single story wing with rear loading dock extends behind. Although this structure blends with the district, due to its date of construction (1937) and design characteristics, it is considered non-contributing within the district.