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Ashland City Hall (U.S. Post Office)

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1893, Willoughby J. Edbrooke, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury, with H. P. Padley. 601 Main St. W

The Main Street historic district’s crown jewel is the former post office. This monumental Richardsonian Romanesque building was constructed under the supervision of local architect Padley. The three-story building conveys a strong sense of mass, weight, and volume through its squat proportions, rock-faced brownstone walls, and wide arched openings trimmed with archivolt moldings. A massive four-story corner tower rises in stages, defined by cornice moldings and fenestration patterns. At its top, broad arches open onto a balustraded belvedere with a pyramidal roof. With a commanding view of Chequamegon Bay, the tower served as a signal station and was used for taking meteorological observations.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Ashland City Hall (U.S. Post Office)", [Ashland, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 300-300.

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