Saginaw, MI

This post office in Saginaw, Michigan, is deliciously over the top. In 1897, architect William Aitken wrote of his design, “The first settlers… were mostly of French origin… their avocation chiefly trading with the Indians, hunting and fishing. The post office at Saginaw is accordingly French in style, the corner towers being suggestive of the defensive features of frontier life, while the carving of the pinnacles and finials was suggested by the fauna and flora of the neighborhood.”

The building has twice faced demolition, but thanks to citizens with head and heart it survives as the Castle Museum of the Historical Society of Saginaw County.

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