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C. W. Post Office Building, 63-65 West Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, MI



B&W Photos

HB644647
View East, Northwest And Southwest Elevations

HB644648
View North, Southwest And Southeast Elevations

HB644649
View Northwest, Southeast Elevation And Site View

HB644650
View West, Northeast Elevation, Michigan Mall

HB644651
View Southwest, Northeast Elevation

HB644652
View East, Elevator Penthouse, Northwest And Southwest Elevations

HB644653
Elevator Penthouse, Cornice Detail

HB644654
Basement, 1900 Wing, Fieldstone Foundation Wall

HB644655
Stairwell, 1913 Wing, Looking Northeast From Landing Between Third And Fourth Floors

HB644656
Stairwell, 1900 Wing, Looking Northeast From Fifth Floor To Fourth Floor

HB644657
Fourth Floor, Typical Elevator Door, 1900 Wing, Looking Southeast

HB644658
Typical Elevator Compartment, 1900 Wing, Looking Southeast

HB644659
Fourth Floor, Hallway, 1900 Wing

HB644660
Fourth Floor, Office Entry, 1900 Wing

HB644661
Fourth Floor, Bathroom, 1900 Wing, Looking North

HB644662
Fourth Floor, Utility Closet And Cabinet, 1900 Wing

HB644663
Fourth Floor, Window Detail, Looking Northwest

HB644664
Sixth Floor, Corner Window Detail

HB644665
Floor Detail, Terrazzo, Linoleum And Tile

HB644666
Fourth Floor Hall, Utility Service Cabinet, Detail

HB644667
Fourth Floor Hall, Electrical Service Panel With Doors Open

HB644668
Fourth Floor Hall, Drinking Fountain

HB644669
Fourth Floor Office, Wall-mounted Light Fixture

HB644670
Fourth Floor, 1900 Wing, Door Hardware

HB644671
Fifth Floor, 1913 Wing, Door Hardware

HB644672
Photocopy Of Photograph, Circa 1901 (from C.w

HB644673
Photocopy Of Photograph, Circa 1913 (original On File In The Michigan Room Of Willard Public Library, Battle Creek, Michigan), Photographer Unknown View South, Northeast And Northwest Elevations, 1913 Wing And Bridge To Post Tavern Under Construction


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Location
63-65 West Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MI-313
Significance: The C.W. Post Office Building was constructed for C.W. Post as part of his complex known as the "Post Block." The original building was constructed in conjunction with the Post Tavern, both designed by R.T. Newberry of Chicago. Post's objective in constructing the building was to provide the first structure solely dedicated to office and commercial use in Battle Creek. The fifth and sixth floors of the six-story building consisted of a ballroom and offices which were occupied by the Athelstan Club. The first floor and basement were occupied by the L.W. Robinson Dry Goods Company, purported to be the most elaborate and advance store in the State of Michigan. The intermediate floors were occupied by physicians, dentists, lawyers, insurance offices, beauty parlors, and many other similar businesses. The Post Building, located at the intersection of West Michigan Avenue (formerly Main Street) and McCamly Street is the last remaining building of the C.W. Post complex. The Post Tavern, the Garage, the Marjorie Block, and the Post Theater have been demolished. The Post Building was one of many downtown buildings heated by the central heating system of the Consumer's Power Company. In 1969, Consumer's steam plant was demolished, leaving these buildings without heat. All the tenants moved out except Jacobson's (a women's apparel store located in a portion of the basement, first and second floors), which converted to their own heating plant.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW EAST, NORTHWEST AND SOUTHWEST ELEVATIONS
2. VIEW NORTH, SOUTHWEST AND SOUTHEAST ELEVATIONS
3. VIEW NORTHWEST, SOUTHEAST ELEVATION AND SITE VIEW
4. VIEW WEST, NORTHEAST ELEVATION, MICHIGAN MALL
5. VIEW SOUTHWEST, NORTHEAST ELEVATION
6. VIEW EAST, ELEVATOR PENTHOUSE, NORTHWEST AND SOUTHWEST ELEVATIONS
7. ELEVATOR PENTHOUSE, CORNICE DETAIL
8. BASEMENT, 1900 WING, FIELDSTONE FOUNDATION WALL
9. STAIRWELL, 1913 WING, LOOKING NORTHEAST FROM LANDING BETWEEN THIRD AND FOURTH FLOORS
10. STAIRWELL, 1900 WING, LOOKING NORTHEAST FROM FIFTH FLOOR TO FOURTH FLOOR
11. FOURTH FLOOR, TYPICAL ELEVATOR DOOR, 1900 WING, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
12. TYPICAL ELEVATOR COMPARTMENT, 1900 WING, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
13. FOURTH FLOOR, HALLWAY, 1900 WING
14. FOURTH FLOOR, OFFICE ENTRY, 1900 WING
15. FOURTH FLOOR, BATHROOM, 1900 WING, LOOKING NORTH
16. FOURTH FLOOR, UTILITY CLOSET AND CABINET, 1900 WING
17. FOURTH FLOOR, WINDOW DETAIL, LOOKING NORTHWEST
18. SIXTH FLOOR, CORNER WINDOW DETAIL
19. FLOOR DETAIL, TERRAZZO, LINOLEUM AND TILE
20. FOURTH FLOOR HALL, UTILITY SERVICE CABINET, DETAIL
21. FOURTH FLOOR HALL, ELECTRICAL SERVICE PANEL WITH DOORS OPEN
22. FOURTH FLOOR HALL, DRINKING FOUNTAIN
23. FOURTH FLOOR OFFICE, WALL-MOUNTED LIGHT FIXTURE
24. FOURTH FLOOR, 1900 WING, DOOR HARDWARE
25. FIFTH FLOOR, 1913 WING, DOOR HARDWARE
26. Photocopy of photograph, circa 1901 (from C.W. Post -- The Hour and the Man, p. 83), photographer unknown VIEW SOUTH, NORTHEAST AND NORTHWEST ELEVATIONS
27. Photocopy of photograph, circa 1913 (original on file in the Michigan Room of Willard Public Library, Battle Creek, Michigan), photographer unknown VIEW SOUTH, NORTHEAST AND NORTHWEST ELEVATIONS, 1913 WING AND BRIDGE TO POST TAVERN UNDER CONSTRUCTION


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