Return to Sender: The historic Santa Monica post office under new ownership


Last year the Postal Service sold the historic Santa Monica post office to  Skydance Productions, a film production company based out of Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.  A couple of weeks ago, Skydance went to the Landmarks Commission seeking a Certificate of Appropriateness for an eight-foot-high “security”fence around the property.  To justify the fence, the applicant and their legal representative said famous people frequenting the premises would have to fend off paparazzi, and cited a recent experience of actress Jennifer Lawrence at the Chevron at 5th and Wilshire posted on YouTube as an example. They also argued the building still said “United States Post Office” on its historic front façade, which would inevitably attract people.  Read more.