Promoted in Congress by Tenth District congressman George A. Loud, the federal building is evidence of the city's prominence in northeastern Lower Michigan. Its five-part composition; the smooth-coursed limestone over brick masonry; the coupled Doric pilasters; the large, arched, symmetrically arranged first-story windows with compound arched enframements and keystones set in recessed panels; and the modillioned cornice and balustraded roofline all mark the building as an example of Beaux-Arts classicism.
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