Historic post office in Moline, IL, closed until this fall


qconline.com: Postal officials say the Moline, Illinois, post office at 514 17th St. will not reopen until later this fall.

The post office was closed July 20 due an unknown odor discovered by employees. A subsequent investigation was conducted by “internal safety coordinators,” according to Stacy St. John, U.S. Postal Service Strategic Communication Specialist in Des Moines.

“Work is on-going to address a variety of issues at the facility with the goal to reopen sometime this fall,” she said.

“In addition to the plumbing issues discovered, other repairs are being addressed,” Ms. St. John said. She added no additional information is available on specific work or renovations.

The public is directed to continue retrieving their mail from the East Moline and Milan Post Offices until the Moline building is deemed safe later this year. Those who have their mail delivered to their homes will continue to receive services.  Read more.

The Moline post office was built in 1932.  Back in 2010, the Postal Service announced the building was up for sale, but a sale never went through.  The post office contains a Depression-era mural “Manufacture of Plowshares” that was created by Chicago artist Edward Millman.

(Photo credit: Post Office Freak)