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Old Post Office

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 31 January 2019 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Designed by architects Alfred B. Mullett, William Appleton Potter, and James G. Hill, and was constructed between 1873 and 1884. Located at the intersection of Eighth and Olive Streets, it is in the Second Empire architectural style popular in the post Civil-War era.

The three-story monumental granite building is 234 feet long and 179 feet deep. It includes a basement, sub-basement and attic level, with 16-foot ceilings at the basement levels and 10-foot thick foundation walls, which are surrounded by a 25-foot deep dry moat for light and ventilation. The basement connects to a tunnel under 8th Street that was used for the delivery of mail to the post office. The basement material is red Missouri granite, while the upper floors are gray granite from Hurricane Island, Maine, between 3 feet and 4 feet in thickness. The building surrounds a skylit inner courtyard, 48 feet by 55 feet.

High ceilings predominate in the main structure, with first floor ceilings at 26 feet and second and third floors at 22 feet. Interior structure is a mixture of wrought and cast iron, supporting arched brick floors in a system that was referred to at the time of construction as "fireproof." The building's windows were provided with fireproof shutters.

Photo captured May 4, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/200 second F/7.1 ISO 200 18 mm

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By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Impressive building and nice choice of bw process.

31 Jan 2019 5:33am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Stunning architecture.

31 Jan 2019 5:48am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Très belle architecture, cette poste est bien installée.
Bonne journée Steven

31 Jan 2019 6:15am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Impressionnante architecture !!
Magnifique photo

31 Jan 2019 6:17am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Amazing architecture.

31 Jan 2019 7:31am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Une imposante bâtisse

31 Jan 2019 7:44am

Wayra from Roma, Italy

Old style perspective. Nice job.

31 Jan 2019 8:16am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bel effet

31 Jan 2019 8:19am

Marcel P. from Wallonie picarde, Belgium

The big one ! super

31 Jan 2019 8:48am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Fameux bâtiments !

31 Jan 2019 9:24am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Good contrasts!

31 Jan 2019 10:14am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A magnificent building. Excellent capture. 5*

31 Jan 2019 10:35am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Really cool !!

31 Jan 2019 10:57am

Devi from Chennai, India

wow...an impressive and imposing building !! Thank you for all that information !!!

31 Jan 2019 11:20am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautifully detailed B/W architecture shot

31 Jan 2019 11:50am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Something timeless about this . .

31 Jan 2019 12:54pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

What a grand building. I like this point of view to enjoy all of the architectural details

31 Jan 2019 12:58pm

willy from Belgium

un bel édifice impressionnant Steven

une superbe photo


31 Jan 2019 1:16pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful composition for this impressiv building !!

31 Jan 2019 3:07pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique rendu des tons et édifice que de fenêtres et vue grandisoe compo
Belle soirée

31 Jan 2019 4:04pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Quel structure. Magnifique cliché, superbe rendu.

31 Jan 2019 4:25pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A magnificent building. I found the information very interesting. It was built like a fortress. The architecture is spectacular. I hope that you are keeping warm. It is in the teens here but not nearly as cold as where you are.

31 Jan 2019 4:46pm

@Elaine Hancock: It was -22 degrees (F) when I woke up this morning. But it is already -11 degrees at 11:00 AM CST. Woohoo! :-) It supposed to be near 45 degrees on Monday, which means the snow will be ice come Tuesday. :-(

Don from Spokane, United States

A remarkable looking building that looks rugged. The description shows that it’s construvtion is truly amazing.

31 Jan 2019 7:04pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

A fantastic architecture this impressive building.
A great picture from a good stance point.

31 Jan 2019 7:08pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautifully detailed photo of this great old post office. It's much more elegant than the ugly one in Olympia.

31 Jan 2019 7:16pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This beautiful building looks very "down to business".

31 Jan 2019 8:23pm

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

What a wonderful building. A great image!

31 Jan 2019 9:53pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Such a majestic building! Is it a hotel now?
Can't wait to see more snowy photos from you :)
Fun in the snow?

31 Jan 2019 10:01pm

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Impeccable !
Une image très soignée et parfaitement cadrée.

1 Feb 2019 1:19am

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

really an impressive building, you've captured it wonderfully!

1 Feb 2019 3:19am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

wow - this really pops in B&W

1 Feb 2019 3:29am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

I love your choice of black and white for this one! Really catching!

1 Feb 2019 3:36am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Nothing like the post office we walk to down the street, right, Steven??!!

1 Feb 2019 7:03am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Stately and rock solid handsome, it looks beautifully preserved and you couldn't have framed it better.

1 Feb 2019 1:08pm

Mvdfotokraam from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Very nice to see this old building

1 Feb 2019 2:29pm

Remus from Portugal

The elegance and beauty of classical architecture is well evident in this building.

1 Feb 2019 4:18pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

i'm taken back by all the windows in each of the structures

1 Feb 2019 4:44pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It really is quite stunning in black and white. The colouring is well-suited to the architecture.

2 Feb 2019 7:24am

Anne from France

Stunning rythm!

3 Feb 2019 2:25pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium


3 Feb 2019 7:00pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful angle, composition, lights & graphics!
A M A Z I N G !

3 Feb 2019 9:08pm

Susy from Allentown, PA, United States


4 Feb 2019 4:25am

Sam from Chennai, India

Magnificent. Beautiful architecture and interesting information. Excellent presentation. :)

5 Feb 2019 3:11am

yo from Ile de France, France

Imposante architecture !
Grande douceur des tons gris !

6 Feb 2019 9:07pm

Rolérot from Hainaut, Belgium

Perfect photo i like it!

11 Feb 2019 5:18pm