Eight mid-century post offices from small towns and exurbs across the state

By Josh Lipnik

Post offices are anchors of a community, and also often some of the most architecturally interesting structures around, especially in smaller towns. These eight post offices were all built in the period after World War II in rural towns or at the exurban fringe of Michigan’s larger cities. In many cases they were the town’s first purpose-built post office, and often its first and only building in a modernist style.

While the federal government offered a set of standard floor plans and mechanical systems, communities were given a great deal of leeway with facade materials and details—imbuing a degree of local character to what would have otherwise been a homogenized building type.

Post Office - Hersey, MI

Hersey, Michigan
102 South Main Street

Post Office - Armada

Armada, Michigan
74260 Burk Street

Post Office - Holly, Michigan

Holly, Michigan
108 West Maple Street

Post Office - Onaway, Michigan

Onaway, Michigan
20675 State Street

Post Office - Tekonsha, Michigan

Tekonsha, Michigan
119 North Walnut Street

Post Office - Reed City, Michigan

Reed City, Michigan
232 West Upton Avenue

Post Office - Sebewaing, Michigan

Sebewaing, Michigan
49 North Center Street

Post Office - Almont, Michigan

Almont, Michigan
116 North Main Street ■

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Josh Lipnik is a photographer and independent researcher focused on architecture and design of the American Midwest. You can follow his architecture travels @JoshLipnik on Twitter or subscribe at patreon.com/midwestmodern.

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