The post office in Port Townsend, Washington, was built to serve a community of 6,500. However a depression in 1893 shrank the population to 2,000 before the Romanesque building was completed. At least the staff had lots of room. The building sat on a bluff overlooking the Straits of Juan de Fuca, dominating its surroundings. The image above from the 1960s is dear to me as it has a VW beetle in the lower left-hand corner. The image below gives you a good idea of how this fortress looked when it was first built.