Sunday, February 18, 2007

Elgin Then & Now - The Post Office

This article is courtesy of The Elginite.

Link to the location.

United States Post Office, Elgin

Carleton Rogers Park - site of old post office

Old post offices are often among the most beautiful buildings in a town, and thankfully many towns have preserved theirs, even though the U.S. Postal Service has long moved out of (most of) them. Elgin unfortunately is not one of those towns.
It was a lovely building. Had it survived, I think it would have been the finest example of Beaux-Art architecture in Elgin. Unfortunately, it was demolished because some people thought it was dirty and seedy, the same complaint they leveled at the Crocker.
Read more about the old Elgin post office.

1 comment:

Steve Munson said...

I never had the opportunity to experience the old Post Office. The one in Dixon, IL is still standing and is used for banquets. The Illinois Main Street awards were held there a couple of years ago and it was a great feeling inside that majestic building.