The US Postal Service is obviously suffering, because, you know, the internet. It’s about to stop Saturday delivery, but another part of its plan to save $US20 billion over the next three years is to sell off some post offices.
Included on the chopping block? A handful of architectural gems that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the US. Unfortunately, they’ll probably end up as Apple Stores or a Starbucks.
Here are eight of the awesome post offices we’ll be sad to see go.
The post office in Berkeley, California, at 2000 Allston Way, was built in 1915. The city council has asked for a one-year stay of execution on this beautiful Mediterranean-style building so they can find the funds to save it.
The Bronx General Post Office at E. 149th St and Grand Concourse features 13 giant Depression-era murals by Ben Shahn and his wife, Bernarda Bryson. Operations would move from the official New York City landmark into a smaller space.
Built in 1858, the Renaissance-style post office on 31st St in Washington DC is already under contract.
The 1933 building on Hamilton Ave in Palo Alto isn’t up for sale yet. But a change of hands is being considered.
Picture: Wikimedia Commons
There’s already a for sale sign up in front of the post office in Norwich, Connecticut, which was built in 1905.
Picture: National Register of Historic Places
The post office in Derby, Connecticut, is also up for grabs. Operations would be consolidated with another town.
The Old Chelsea Station Post Office on West 18th St in Manhattan, New York, was erected in 1935 in the Colonial Revival style. This is another case where a sale is just being considered at this point.
This isn’t the Annapolis Post Office’s first brush with death; four years ago a Pennsylvania developer wanted to turn it into apartments.