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Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center

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Identification

Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center
Battle Creek Federal Center, Battle Creek Sanitarium, Percy Jones General Hospital, Building 1, Towers Building
125143

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
brick
copper
applied masonry
light yellow
renaissance revival

Usages

governmental office

Facts

  • The Battle Creek Sanitarium was the birthplace of the American cereal foods industry. It was founded in 1866 as the Western Health Reform Institute by the temperance-minded Seventh Day Adventists. C. W. Post, founder of the Post cereal company, became interested in the commercial possibilities of the cereal foods served there while a patient in 1891, and began manufacturing Postum and Post Toasties.
  • The Towers addition to the Battle Creek Sanitarium consists of a 256-room yellow-brick tower with copper copings, anthemion-decorated copper cornices, and copper roofing atop a two-story loggia of Ionic columns. Inside, a two-story lobby with a mezzanine features Corinthian columns and a coffered ceiling. Standing on high ground, it is visible thoughout the city.
  • W. K. Kellogg, the brother of one of the Sanitarium's directors, also went into the prepared food business, and his company developed into the largest in the world (though its headquarters remains in Battle Creek).
  • The Sanitarium went bankrupt in 1933. It sold its main building to the federal government in 1942, which converted it to Percy Jones General Hospital. Now known as the "Federal Center," it is the headquarters of the Defense Logistics Services Center along with other federal agencies.

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Location

74 North Washington Avenue
49017
Battle Creek
Michigan
U.S.A.

Technical Data

265.00 ft
225.00 ft
225.00 ft
15
1927
1928

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Features & Amenities

  • City landmark
  • National landmark
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