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The Sticky Wicket of Regulating the Use of Repurposed Post Office Buildings

Saving great architecture can sometimes require that a building be given a new purpose, and historic post offices are a case in point. Though built for a very specific use, hundreds across the country have now been adapted for everything from funeral homes to hotels. But saving the brick and...

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Keeping the Post Office Downtown

Few events are as devastating to a historic downtown business district as the loss of its post office. When the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) decides to relocate a post office out of the downtown and onto the strip, it often leaves behind a historic building that can be difficult to adapt for new...


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A Defining Moment to Re-vision the American City

A year and a half ago I was excited about the possibility of showcasing the work that many of my friends have done to make Portland one of the most livable communities in the country, turning around a city that was really going the wrong way a third of a century ago. The National Preservation...


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Section 106, Protective Covenants, and Sale of Historic Post Offices

By Steve Hutkins The colonnade of the downtown Berkeley post office. | Credit: Daniel Parks via Flickr under Creative Commons In her introduction to the 2012 Forum Journal on Section 106 , National...

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Advisory Council Recommends Major Changes to Disposition of Historic Post Offices

Since listing Historic Post Offices as one of the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Places in 2012, we have been arguing loudly and consistently that the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) process for closing and selling its historic buildings is deeply flawed, lacking in public participation,...

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Court Finds Postal Service Violated NEPA in Selling the Historic Stamford Post Office

Stamford Post Office in 1982 photo taken for National Register nomination. It was listed in 1985.| Credit: Dennis Griggs/Tannery Hill Since 1916, the Italian Renaissance-style U.S. post office in Stamford, Conn., has graced Atlantic Street with its large arched windows, red tiled roof,...

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2012 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List Announced

Eleven sites as varied and colorful as our country’s history. Eleven sites in places such as Billings County, North Dakota, and Atlanta, Georgia. Sites dating from 1776 and from 1942, and sites as diverse as Yosemite Valley bridges and Joe Frazier’s gym in Philadelphia. Eleven sites...


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Right-Sizing the Mail: Advocating to Retain or Reuse Historic Post Offices

In Modesto, Calif., the city’s 1933 New Deal–era Beaux Arts main post office—complete with 1937 murals by Treasury Relief Arts Project artist Ray Boynton—is currently being offered for sale at a government auction. In Northfield, Minn., the 1936 Gothic Revival main post...