Taking up arms against the USPS in Norwich, CT

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The post office in Norwich, Connecticut, was built in 1905. An addition was built by the New Deal in 1938, and the post office was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.  It contains a mural, "Taking Up Arms – 1776," painted in 1940 by George Kanelous, who was such a perfectionist he’d paint over his own … Read More

Groundhog Day in Danbury: Historic Post Office on the Chopping Block—Again

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At the geographical center of Danbury, Connecticut, is the Main Street Historic District.  It has 97 buildings of historic and architectural significance, and two of them are post offices—the Old Post Office (1876) at 258 Main Street, now home to a financial group, and the current post office at 265 Main Street.  A two-story brick Georgian Revival building with a … Read More

Historic Pass-a-Grille, FL, post office to close, believe it or not

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The Old Town of Pass-a-Grille is an officially designated historic district located in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.  The district contains 97 buildings, and at its center is Eighth Avenue, a one-block stretch between the gulf and the bay.  In the 1940s, Ripley's Believe it or Not deemed Eighth Avenue the smallest main street in America.  Pass-a-Grille has had a post … Read More

Horror Story in Lakewood, NJ

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The post office in downtown Lakewood, New Jersey, was built by the WPA in 1938.  Located at the corner of Clifton Avenue & Main Street, it’s undergone a few changes over the years, like an addition on the north side and renovation of the interior, but for the most part it looks like it did back in 1938.  The Asbury … Read More

It all just goes and comes around in Freehold

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Freehold, New Jersey, has had a post office since 1795, and it once had a New Deal post office.  Built in 1934 by the WPA, it boasted a historic mural of Revolutionary War hero Molly Pitcher, painted in 1936 by Gerald Foster of Westfield.  The mural now hangs in  the  Monmouth County  Library, and the post office building now houses the Sheriff’s … Read More