Mold closes historic Ashland MA post office


Metrowest Daily News:  The Ashland, MA Post Office has suspended its downtown operations indefinitely, citing repairs that need to be made in the 205 Main St. building, but not specifying whether those repairs are connected to mold found in the basement level early last month.

Effective Thursday, all postal employees who work in the Ashland Post Office will be moved to the Hopkinton Post Office, 5 Cedar St., according to a statement released Wednesday afternoon by Steve Doherty, strategic communications specialist for the United States Postal Service Northeast area.

In addition, all Ashland post office boxes are also being moved to Hopkinton. Post office box service will be available beginning Friday.

Doherty’s release does not specify the nature of the repairs needed at the Ashland Post Office, which was built in 1939. But on Oct. 1, the United States Postal Service District Safety Office received a complaint that “a musty odor” was coming from the building’s basement, Doherty told the Daily News last week.  Read more.

The Postal Service owns the Ashland post office building.  It’s eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.  The lobby contains a mural painted by Saul Berman in 1941 entitled “The Railroad Comes to Town.”

The Railroad Comes to Town

(Photos: Evan Kalish, Living New Deal)