Wine,Women & Song

By CelloNerd

Another glimpse into the past

Some of you may recall my recent photo of the Leopold. Since then, I have been learning more about the many fine old buildings in Bellingham. Today's errands took me to our main post office which occupies the first floor of what is known as The Federal Building.

This grand, old structure, built in 1912-1913 sits in the heart of downtown Bellingham. The post office was (and remains) the occupant of the first floor space, while the second floor held a range of activities such as the U.S. District Court, Department of Justice, Customs, and the U.S. Marshall's office.

After a bit of Googling, I have learned that the architectural style of the Federal Building is what's known as Italian Renaissance Revival. Characteristics of this style include a steel frame covered with masonry, large, round arches, bas-relief medallions, and lion's heads on cornices and keystones. It is an impressive building, rich with detail and history, and since 1979, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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