Historic Post Office in Athens, PA: Don’t Bet on It

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The rich heritage of post offices built during the New Deal is being dismantled by the Postal Service, piece by piece.  The post office in Athens, Pennsylvania, may be closing soon.  The Sayre, PA, Morning Times reports today, "According to the Postmaster (who is not a local), a truck will come in Memorial Day weekend to move the majority of … Read More

Robbing Northfield, MN, of its New Deal Post Office

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The post office in Northfield, Minnesota was built by the New Deal  in 1936.  It is on the National Register of Historic Places, and it's  a cornerstone of the Northfield Downtown Historic District.  The Postal Service has announced it will close this historic downtown post office and consolidate services at an annex a few miles away. KYMN radio reports today … Read More

What Would Dizzie Do? New Deal P.O. in Cheraw, SC, to Close

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The downtown post office in Cheraw, South Carolina, was built in 1933 under the New Deal.  It's located in the middle of the Cheraw Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it's surrounded by buildings that go back to the Civil War and even earlier.  Cheraw, by the way, is the birthplace of Dizzie Gillespie. The … Read More

Historic post office in Venice, California: For Sale

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Another historic post office, this one in Venice, California, is set to close.  Like the one we posted about a few days ago, it's from the New Deal, built in 1939 by the Works Projects Administration.  The full story is here, and a blog on "save the Venice post office" is here. Like many New Deal public buildings, the Venice post … 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

New Deal Post Offices for Sale

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During the New Deal, the federal government built over 1,100 post offices, and many of them are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  According to the National Register website, during the decade of the New Deal the government built three times the number of post offices it had built in the previous 50 years.  Many of these … Read More