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August 29 2013

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By DAN AUSTIN of HistoricDetroit.org

Magnificent, majestic and massive, Detroit’s old Federal Building and Post Office was a towering palace of government that was more than three decades in the making, took seven years to build — and only 34 years to outgrow.

Today, photos of the building often drop the jaws of those who have never seen it. Detroit historian William Hawkins Ferry called it “one of the most outstanding monuments of the Romanesque Revival in Detroit.” The landmark literally dominated the northwestern corner of Shelby and West Fort streets. Everything about it was huge. Its 243-foot clock tower soared over everything else in the city for several decades and could be seen from outside of downtown. Detroiters would enter under enormous arched entrances and peer out from its giant windows. It was an impressive monument to the federal government and, in the words of Peter Gavrilovich of the Detroit Free Press in 2009, “a heck of a place to buy a 2-cent stamp.” …

   (via Federal Building — Historic Detroit)

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Detroit, Michigan, circa 1912. “Detroit Post Office.” Behold the sooty Motor City. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

(via The Big P.O.: 1912 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

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Detroit, Michigan, circa 1902. “Post Office.” 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

   (via D.P.O.: 1902 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

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Circa 1897. “Post Office, Detroit.” Sign on utility pole: “Please do not spit on the sidewalk.” 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.

   (via Detroit: 1897 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)

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