Historic Post Offices
September 11, 2015
New York Fashion Week has made the historic James A. Farley Post Office in NYC its central hub. That means what while the most discerning style icons in the world are shuffling in and out the back doors on their way to fashion shows, the rest of the city will be using the front of the building to mail packages. Here's how the massive structure across the street from Penn Station went from communication hub to fashion mecca. Read more.
September 10, 2015
The 1933 U.S. post office in downtown Fort Worth is getting a good cleaning for the first time in decades. Arlene Sanchez, spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service, said the spiffing-up isn’t part of any plan to sell the building, an idea that had surfaced in 2014. She said workers are doing a low-pressure wash with restoration cleansers “to remove dirt and sediment deposits that have accumulated” for decades. Read more.
August 29, 2015
While it's not uncommon for the Postal Service to close a post office after it discovers some mold in the building, it's cause for concern when the building is a historic structure. Does the Postal Service have plans to abandon the building and sell it off? That's the question surrounding the closure this week of the 80-year-old post office in Richmond, California. The Postal Service says that there was a water leak in the basement of the post office on Nevin Ave. a few weeks ago, and the leak apparently caused some mold to develop in the basement. There's no equipment or mail in the basement, and no customers go down there, but the Postal Service is still concerned. As the local ABC news reports, "Left unchecked, mold can cause health problems, even death in extreme cases." The post office is expected to reopen next week after the cleanup work is finished. Read more. Watch video.
August 28, 2015
Approximately 50 people attended a meeting Wednesday night hoping to hear about the future of the earthquake-damaged Franklin Station post office building in Napa, California. The Postal Service wanted to discuss the relocation of postal services to a new facility, but residents wanted to talk about the preservation of the building. The Postal Service would not provide any details about the damage, repair or renovation assessments.Doing so could “inappropriately influence bidding by potential purchasers,” said a letter from Tom Samra, vice president of facilities at the USPS. Read more.