Post Number: 1180
|Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 12:22 am: || |
I asked before but didn't get a response, so I'll ask again: Does anyone have any old photos of the Post Office/Federal Building that used to stand on Fort? C'mon. Someone's gotta have some they wouldn't mind sharing.
http://i215.photobucket.com/al bums/cc280/buildingsofdetroit/ Postcards/postoffice.jpg
http://i215.photobucket.com/al bums/cc280/buildingsofdetroit/ Buildings/postoffice-1.jpg
Post Number: 596
|Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 1:50 am: || |
what is WRONG with this city. There is no reason why this should be gone.
Post Number: 143
|Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 2:18 am: || |
Detroit isn't the only city where this happened. In fact, Detroit is actually lucky in how much 19th century and early 20th century architecture remains. We may have lost a lot, but Detroit alone has more historic architecture than most major sunbelt cities combined.
In any case, the question shouldn't be what is WRONG with Detroit, but rather what is WRONG with America...
Post Number: 1047
|Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 5:02 am: || |
Interior shots would be nice
Post Number: 22
|Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 8:11 am: || |
I found this...
Post Number: 970
|Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 9:50 am: || |
Quite a downfall from the old building to the new one with its cheap planters, covered with litter, ugly public area. You'd think the USPS would care more about keeping the front of the building clean. Isn't it still representative of the United States?
I'm very glad to see the old building. My Great Uncle was the Postmaster in the late 1940's. His office was in that building.
Post Number: 15
|Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 10:18 am: || |
Well... as much as the old building was pleasant, you have to realise that the old one would have been cramped and too small for USPS. Anyways, be glad they didn't tear the current one down in the 60's/70's for some hideous thing.
I'm thinking about the large white building not too far from the Book-Cadillac. Are we on the same page? That building isn't too bad.
Post Number: 971
|Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 10:27 am: || |
On Fort St. and Trumbull. Just serviceable, without much effort for a streetscape. Maybe its important and I don't see it.
Employees sit on the planters to eat, throw food papers from the canteen truck all over. Couldn't a picnic/cafe area be created in back with views of the River for employees wanting some fresh air?
Post Number: 852
|Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 10:32 am: || |
If your mad that its tore down I would not recommend that you NOT learn how short of time it actually stood....
(Message edited by fareastsider on March 19, 2008)
Post Number: 1009
|Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 10:40 am: || |
Completely off topic, but I couldnt help notice how similar this building looks to Union Station in St. Louis.
Post Number: 1073
|Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 10:57 am: || |
I noticed on the postcard that in both upper corners are the Book and the Fort Shelby. Though the old post office is gone, look whats coming back.
Post Number: 279
|Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 3:00 pm: || |
the last pic courtesy of Wayne State University photo archives
(Message edited by warrenite84 on March 19, 2008)
Post Number: 1182
|Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 1:02 am: || |
Thanks, you guys.
I know it isn't easy finding photos of a building torn down in 1932 or '33.
Post Number: 16
|Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 3:15 am: || |
"We may have lost a lot, but Detroit alone has more historic architecture than most major sunbelt cities combined."
You would be amazed what I watched torn down to build the new Atlanta. Even worse when they were getting the city ready for the Olympics. I have seen pictures of more historical buildings standing in Detroit than Atlanta even has now.
Post Number: 2968
|Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 8:41 am: || |
You would be amazed what I watched torn down to build the new Atlanta.
Buildings are torn down on a pretty regular basis in functioning cities with a real demand for office and residential space. The only reason we have so many old sky scrapers is Detroit's real estate market is broken. There is very limited demand for space downtown. No demand equals no replacements for the the empty obsolete buildings downtown.
Post Number: 165
|Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 11:44 am: || |
The Old Post Office is in a style that looks like the "Richardson Romanesque" style that was popular in the 1880s and 1890s by architect H. H. Richardson of Boston.
It seems as this were styled after the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh, a Richardson designed building.
http://content.answers.com/mai n/content/wp/en/thumb/6/64/250 px-AlleghenyCtyCourthouse-0829 04.jpg
Many buildings were designed in the same style across the country, and it seems that the Old Post Office was no different