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U.S. Post Office

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1940–1941, Louis A. Simon, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. 201 E. Main St.

Constructed by the Federal Works Agency Public Building Administration in the restrained stripped formal classicism of 1940, the post office has a Doric tetrastyle in antis entrance. The brick walls are laid in common bond and the roof is hipped. The post office displays a New Deal–sponsored mural, Belding Brothers and Their Silk Industry, by Marvin Beerbohm. The scene in this naturalistic muted work depicts the four well-dressed Belding brothers inspecting lengths of silk produced by workers straining over their machines. A world map in the center background may allude to the prominence of the company, which had a total of eight mills in Belding and New England.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert
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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "U.S. Post Office", [Belding, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MI-01-IA11.

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 267-267.

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