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Galena Post Office

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 4 December 2018 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Galena Post Office was initiated by Congressman Washburne and appropriated for by Congress on August 18, 1856, after Galena outgrew its original main street store which was established in 1826. Construction on the Post Office/Customs House began in 1857 with the best quality granite was shipped up the Mississippi from Nauvoo. The footings and foundation were laid in the fall and pig lead approximately the weight of the completed building was placed on the foundation and left until the following spring when construction began. The Weekly Northwestern Gazette of August 9, 1859 said "the building is so substantial it will last 1,000 years with only two forces capable of destroying it, one being an earthquake and the other a mob."

The Post Office has been used for many functions during its 152 year history. In 1859, the second floor, which housed the Customs House, was used for many social gatherings including a party thrown for a soldier on November 16, 1861. Also, the second floor was used as the Public Library until the present-day building was built in 1902.

Galena was the nation's first Post Office to be designated by the Smithsonian as "A Great American Post Office". Today it is the oldest continually owned and operated Post Office in America.

Spotted in downtown Galena on October 14, 2018.

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Valuable looking house

4 Dec 2018 5:27am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Une belle bâtisse pour abriter cette poste.
Amusant le lampadaire pile poil au milieu de la sortie de l'escalier.
Bonne journée Steven

4 Dec 2018 5:43am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel office des poste et bel édifice et rendu NB superbe

4 Dec 2018 6:35am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Clean and beautiful building. I like process bw.

4 Dec 2018 6:52am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame & graphics!

4 Dec 2018 7:54am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bel effet

4 Dec 2018 8:19am

Marcel P. from Wallonie picarde, Belgium


4 Dec 2018 8:51am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nicely symmetrical architecture shot and good tonal range

4 Dec 2018 9:57am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A superb building, very well built in stone. I think your choice showing this building in B/W is excellent. 5*

4 Dec 2018 10:45am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Chez nous ces endroits disparaissent...

4 Dec 2018 10:52am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I grew up in a very small town the post office used to be the centre of it.

4 Dec 2018 11:51am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb framing of this old building !

4 Dec 2018 12:23pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

QUite impressive for being the oldest in AMerica. I like the monotone giving it a timeless feel.

4 Dec 2018 12:50pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Sturdy and handsome and very well preserved. I love these types of well constructed heritage buildings. Excellent in black and white.

4 Dec 2018 1:17pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Nice shot and thank you for the history...

4 Dec 2018 2:52pm

Remus from Portugal

When the buildings are well constructed and well designed for their function, they last whole lives.
A sober building that is always up to date.

4 Dec 2018 3:44pm

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle prise !

4 Dec 2018 4:35pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Strict architecture. Magnifique ton cadrage Steven.

4 Dec 2018 5:59pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It's certainly a substantial looking building. It may last as long as they predicted barring the mob. ;-)

4 Dec 2018 8:02pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

What a history of this post office. Thank you for sharing that with us.
A great photo of this beautiful stately building.
Your choice for black & white makes the post office even more attractive

4 Dec 2018 8:09pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Nice B&W of this official looking building.

4 Dec 2018 8:17pm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Well captured pretty house.

4 Dec 2018 8:31pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Why did they place the lamp post there?!
It's kinda competing with the building to get my attention?

4 Dec 2018 10:30pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

a very distinguished building - no nonsense or useless frills. Well photographed. And thanks for the history.

5 Dec 2018 1:24am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

It has a very distinguished history. It is a very substantial building. A wonderful image. Very interesting information.

5 Dec 2018 1:56am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Your processing is perfect for this, Steven - looks great!

5 Dec 2018 3:11am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

nice looking building

5 Dec 2018 4:31am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

a gorgeous structural design

5 Dec 2018 4:16pm