Historic Post Office in Allentown, PA, may be sold, preservations fear it could be bulldozed


WFMZ-TV: Could an iconic Allentown building meet the wrecking ball?

That’s what some preservationists are fearing as the post office considers selling its location at 5th and Hamilton.

“It’s an iconic building in terms of Allentown’s streetscape. It’s a very high style art deco building,” described Lauren Golden of the Allentown Preservation League.

Allentown’s post office was born to Roosevelt’s New Deal of the 1930s. Nearly 90 years later its death could come from a 21st century cost-cutting deal by the postal service.

“The current building is 98,000 square feet and they really only have about a 5,000 square-foot need,” Golden said.

The post office is considering selling the building and moving to a smaller nearby location, and if possible, leasing back a small portion for retail.  Read more.