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U.S. Post Office

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1932–1933, James A. Wetmore, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury; 1956–1957 modernized. 202 E. Ludington Ave.

Standing south of a residential area containing Ludington's grandest late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century houses and west of the public library is the post office. It was built during the Great Depression, under the auspices of the Public Works Administration (PWA). The high-style classical building with a formal and balanced facade is an elegant monument that speaks of the federal presence in Ludington. The main entrance is placed in the center of a five-bay central pavilion and is topped with a broken pediment. The other four bays are filled by round-headed double windows, each of which is surmounted by an arched fanlight. An engaged Ionic order defines the bays of the central pavilion. The brick building has a balustraded mansard roof pierced by dormers; the short corner wings are quoined.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert
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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "U.S. Post Office", [Ludington, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MI-01-MN2.

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 389-389.

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