You are here
Consumers Energy's Corporate Headquarters (U.S. Post Office)
The historic post office serves as the focal point and grand entrance of Consumers Energy Corporation's new headquarters. In cooperation with the City of Jackson and the State of Michigan, Consumers Energy transformed a blighted downtown block into an urban campus comprising the corporate headquarters for Consumers Energy and CMS Energy, a public amphitheater, river promenade, sculpture garden, parking deck, and green space along the Grand River Trail. The project employed tax credits for cleanup and reuse of a brownfield site.
The wedge-shaped modernistic former post office conforms to its triangular-shaped site and the west-facing concave primary facade overlooked a fountain. The concrete- and steel-framed building is clad in smooth-cut Indiana limestone above a base of granite and the entrance portico is defined by six Roman Doric columns. The headquarters is a new twelve-story, 370,000-square-foot tower.
Allen and Sons of Jackson won a national competition to design the post office. Work was executed under the supervision of James Wetmore, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. Allen's involvement resulted from the provisions of the Keyes-Elliott Bill, an amendment to the Public Buildings Act of 1926, that increased the authority of the secretary of the Treasury Department to enter into contracts with private architects for professional services.
If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.
SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.