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U.S. Post Office

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1940, Louis A. Simon, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. 188 N. 3rd St.

The Rogers City post office is a simple, flat-roofed rectangular building of poured concrete in the Moderne style embellished only with a modified Greek fretwork pattern above and below the windows. The government-sponsored lobby mural, The Harbor at Rogers City, was painted in 1941 by Michigan artist James Calder. In a precise and pristine manner it depicts the local industrial scene—the quarrying and shipping of limestone for use in the manufacturing of cement, in blast furnaces, and in road building. The scene shows the docks at the Michigan Limestone and Chemical Company (the Calcite Plant), with tugboats, cranes, the loading of ships, and huge piles of crushed limestone. The Rogers City quarry is today one of the largest limestone quarries in the world.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert
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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "U.S. Post Office", [Rogers City, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MI-01-PI1.

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 456-457.

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