Santa Monica News
Historic Post Office For Sale
By Alice Perez
Aug 31, 2013 - 2:00:07 PM

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Fading letters of the “United States Post Office."
SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, August 27, the City of Santa Monica voted 5-1 in favor of preserving the recently shuttered 1937 post office and honoring it with historic landmark status.

 

On the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue sits the fading letters of what once was stamped with the United States Post Office are now replaced with a “For Sale” sign. 

 

The city fought in court with the federal government to save and keep the doors open to the historic post office, but on June 29 the doors closed for this Downtown Santa Monica Post Office. The city continues to deliberate the selling of the federal building and once it’s in the hands of a private party, they can begin preparing the steps toward eligibility of historic landmark status.

 

Residents continue to stop by with letters in hand and are stopped when they discover a now vacant building. Some peep through the doors and read the notices of closure pointing residents to the new post office location. The old post office lies at the heart of Santa Monica where residents can witness the ivory colored walls and unique art deco popular in the 20s and 30s with a globe atop the main entrance. It remains a hidden gem of Santa Monica’s historic past.



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