Ok, I’ll be honest, every time I think about Cake #74 at the Old Post Office, all that runs through my mind is Steve from Blues Clues singing, “Here’s the mail, it never fails! It makes me wanna wag my tail! When it comes, I wanna wail, ‘Mail!'” (Click here to relive this classic) Or how about this classic, “We just got a letter! We just got a letter! We just got a letter! Wonder who it’s from!”? *No shame*
Aside from these two fantastic songs written about the joys of mail, I learned that the Old Post Office in downtown St. Louis has some pretty joyous features itself.
The Old Post Office was originally called the United States Custom House and Post Office. It was completed in 1884 as part of a project, along with five other similar style buildings in other major cities, all created by architect Alfred Mullett (sweet name!), honoring those cities that were considered the fastest growing cities in America after the Civil War. Of these buildings, the Old Post Office is the only one still standing.
Mullett modeled the Old Post Office after the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, and in order to find the cake, Mercutio and I had to cross through the building itself which offered some fantastic views like the one pictured above in a photo taken and edited by Mercutio himself.
The building was dedicated in March of 1884 by General William Tecumseh Sherman and over the years has seen numerous changes in its main occupancy from the Eighth Circuit to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District which has been utilizing the building since 2006.
Finding this cake was an adventure in and of itself as the cake was on the complete opposite side of the building from where Mercutio and I entered, which didn’t end up being all bad as this afforded us both the opportunity to take in the incredible architecture of the inside of the building and for me to sing the Blues Clues songs mentioned above to Mercutio as many times as he would allow :)