Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Who Doesn't Love A Castle?

When you hear a location referred to as a castle district, 
you can't help but be curious, 
especially after having just returned from a trip to castle laden Germany. 

This building is castle-like, 
especially since its original purpose was a post office. 
Does this looks like a post office to you?

Post Office Remains

I have NEVER seen a US Post Office this beautiful. 
Today, the post office has been moved to a more post office like structure and 
the old building serves as a museum related to the history of Saginaw. 

Myers Bros Jewelry Store

The museum has some interesting displays, 
including this original jewelry store. 
The Myers Bros Jewelry Store 
was open 1914 -1974 in Saginaw. 

I have to wonder what a post office used a staircase like this for. 

They definitely were not hauling mail up and down those steps.  

Or chandeliers like that? 
It is more like an old mansion than a post office! 
But in 1898 someone had architectural beauty in mind. 

A nearby church

Outside there were some other beautiful buildings - 
which is how the name Castle District came about. 

The Hoyt Library next door was closed when I was there. 

Walking around these few blocks had some nice structures, 
but outside of this immediate area I didn't feel quite so safe. 

Saginaw Block

Castle Museum 
500 Federal Ave, Saginaw, MI 48607 
Free parking in rear 
Donation $1 - Worth every cent. 

For more images of the Castle District click here


MadSnapper said...

wow, this is a first for me also. it looks like to me they built all the buildings to look the same. the church, the post office and library are all the same architecture... i am thinking this is the most beautiful post office in the world...

Sarah Huizenga said...

You are really making me want to go back over to that side of the state. That jewelry store...I remember ones like that from my childhood, they were the best.

Tamar SB said...

Oh wow! How gorgeous.