The Postmaster General talks about privatization and real estate

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If you’re a masochist or have nothing better to do, you might watch the video of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s appearance on the Larry Kudlow show last week.  Kudlow begins the segment saying, “The US Postal Service is in big trouble, and now there’s talk tonight in Congress of a bailout. . . . Isn’t it time to end the … Read More

Tearing Down the House: The Selling of the Post Office

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A few days ago, US Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe compared the financial problems of the Postal Service to a fiscal failure abroad. “"Look what's going on in Greece,” he said. “There's nothing safe.”  The comparison between Greece and the Postal Service is apt, but not in the way the Postmaster General probably meant.  The causes of the Greek mess are … Read More

“Harbor of Hospitality” may lose historic post office

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Elizabeth City, North Carolina, was incorporated in 1793.  Wikipedia provides several interesting facts about the place: It’s known as the “Harbor of Hospitality" because of its long history of shipping thanks to its location at the narrowing of the Pasquotank River. The city has been cited as one of "The 100 Best Small Towns in America" by author Norman Crampton. … Read More

The Old Days of Greenwich, and the New

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The federal government has a long history, going back to the early nineteenth-century, of constructing buildings intended to symbolize the power, stability, and prosperity of the nation and its government.  Court houses, custom houses, and post offices were designed in the latest styles and using the best technology, and they were supposed to be monumental and grand to inspire confidence … Read More

The Words Are Hard To Find: Historic Post Office in York, PA—For Sale

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York, Pennsylvania, was settled by the English in 1741. During the Revolutionary War, it served as the temporary capital of the Continental Congress, and the Articles of Confederation were drafted there, so York likes to think of itself as the first Capital of the United States. The city has been called an architectural museum because the downtown features so many … Read More

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

Done Deal: New Deal P.O. in Westport, CT, Sold

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The post office at 154 Post Road in Westport, Connecticut, was built in 1935 by the New Deal.  It was designed by Lansing Holden, a World War I flying ace, who won the Distinguished Service Cross.  Returning home from the war, he took up his father’s profession as an architect.  Holden continued to fly, and in 1938 he died in … Read More

Historic post office in Sheffield, AL: Rumors of closing

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The post office in Sheffield, Alabama, was built in 1930, and it's on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is rumored to be haunted by a former postal employee.  Sheffield is the birthplace of actor and senator Fred Thompson (born 1942), who, coincidentally, worked at a post office in Tennessee where he attended high school.  Sheffield is just a … Read More

Another historic post office closing

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The post office has stood on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, NC, for 134 years.  It will close on July 15.  As the Raleigh News & Observer reports, "Finished in 1877 at a cost of $400,000, the building at Fayetteville and West Hargett streets was the first post office built in the South after the Civil War. . . .  … Read More

Historic Post Office in Modesto, CA: For Sale

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The post office in Modesto, California, was built by the New Deal in 1933, under the supervision of James Wetmore, who was responsible for "designing" hundreds of public buildings in the 1930s.  As the Modesto Bee relates, the post office contains nine original wall murals in the lobby, commissioned by the Treasury Relief Arts Project. The oil paintings were done … Read More