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Old Chicago Main Post Office

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 12 April 2017 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

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The Old Chicago Main Post Office is a nine-story building in downtown Chicago. The original building was designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White and built in 1921, but it was expanded greatly in 1932. Its capacity was needed to serve Chicago's great volume of postal business, swollen by the mail-order businesses of Montgomery Ward (the largest retailer in the United States) and of Sears (its competitor). On May 13, 2016 the building was sold by English real estate developer Bill Davies, who died the next day.

The original 1922 structure was a brick-sided mail terminal building, sited just east of the main building that spans the Eisenhower Expressway as it turns into Congress Parkway. Major expansion in 1932 added a total of nine floors for more than 2.5 million square feet (230,000 m²), of floor space. Its footprint, as initially designed, would have blocked the proposed Congress Parkway extension; as a compromise, a hole for the Parkway was reserved in the base of the Post Office and utilized twenty years later.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

Photo captured September 25, 2009.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/80 second F/9.0 ISO 100 18 mm

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tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique grand immeuble. )

12 Apr 2017 5:23am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle prise!

12 Apr 2017 7:59am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel grandeur cet office de post superbe.

12 Apr 2017 8:17am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Majestic building

12 Apr 2017 9:32am

Devi from Chennai, India

That is a majestic building !

12 Apr 2017 11:00am

Mehri from Tehran, Iran


12 Apr 2017 12:58pm

willy from Belgium

un superbe cliché de cet édifice impressionnant Steven


12 Apr 2017 1:19pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Perfect photo for b/w....excellent!

12 Apr 2017 1:29pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow...The post office was an impressiv building ! Superb framing .

12 Apr 2017 3:00pm

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Un bâtiment impressionnant: superbe noir et blanc!
An impressive building: superb black and white!

12 Apr 2017 3:28pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

What a massive structure! Well captured

12 Apr 2017 3:33pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image. It's interesting about the accommodation made for street expansion.

12 Apr 2017 3:34pm

Shaun from Thorton, United States

Excellent image of this great building.

12 Apr 2017 3:42pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image of this Majestic building. :)

12 Apr 2017 5:57pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent capture!!!

12 Apr 2017 6:50pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A huge building! Well done the image that shows us its greatness...

12 Apr 2017 6:51pm

franz from Baden, Austria

What a massive yet 'faceless' building ... Here, size matters, but in the negative sense ...

12 Apr 2017 6:58pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Awesome and very big.

12 Apr 2017 7:10pm

Marité from France

Quelle construction impressionnante !
Bonne journée

12 Apr 2017 8:03pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This has a lot of repeating patterns and lines.

12 Apr 2017 8:57pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition & graphics!
Amazing building!

12 Apr 2017 10:05pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

To think that such a huge building was once a postal facility is amazing. I can see why with having both retailers and all of the business that they generated. Wonderful history and a beautiful image!

13 Apr 2017 12:26am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

I remember driving under that building

13 Apr 2017 2:54am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bel effet

13 Apr 2017 8:25am

Remus from Portugal

It is a huge building that clearly marks the cityscape.

13 Apr 2017 2:25pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

It certainly is an impressive structure.

13 Apr 2017 4:21pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

That was a very big PO!

14 Apr 2017 8:53pm

Joëlle from France

Joli cadrage, une ville que je découvre :-)

15 Apr 2017 5:13pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Impressionnant ! Merci pour les informations Steven !

16 Apr 2017 7:13am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

must handle an awful lot of mail :)

18 Apr 2017 10:54am