Photo Gallery: The Nine Lives Of Old Post Offices

  • Apple Store — New York City:  Residents of New York City's SoHo neighborhood purchased stamps and sent packages here from about 1920 until 1999, when it was mostly converted to retail use. An Apple Store arrived in 2002. The exterior hasn't changed much, but inside a glass staircase overlooks a sleek sales floor.
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    Apple Store — New York City: Residents of New York City's SoHo neighborhood purchased stamps and sent packages here from about 1920 until 1999, when it was mostly converted to retail use. An Apple Store arrived in 2002. The exterior hasn't changed much, but inside a glass staircase overlooks a sleek sales floor.
    Phil via Flickr/Researched by Jo Ella Straley
  • Hotel Monaco — Washington, D.C.:  Built on the former site of Blodgett's Hotel, the General Post Office in Washington, D.C., was originally home to the Post Office Department, a forerunner of the U.S. Postal Service. It was in this building that Postmaster General Montgomery Blair first proposed the idea of home delivery in 1862. Today, it is again used exclusively as a hotel. (Coburn Du...
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    Hotel Monaco — Washington, D.C.: Built on the former site of Blodgett's Hotel, the General Post Office in Washington, D.C., was originally home to the Post Office Department, a forerunner of the U.S. Postal Service. It was in this building that Postmaster General Montgomery Blair first proposed the idea of home delivery in 1862. Today, it is again used exclusively as a hotel.
    Coburn Dukehart/NPR/Researched by Jo Ella Straley
  • Paradise Creek Brewery — Pullman, Wash.: Constructed in 1930, this post office was the first federal building in Pullman, Wash. It was replaced with a more modern facility on the edge of downtown in 1976 and soon sold to the city.
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    Paradise Creek Brewery — Pullman, Wash.: Constructed in 1930, this post office was the first federal building in Pullman, Wash. It was replaced with a more modern facility on the edge of downtown in 1976 and soon sold to the city.
    Courtesy of Tom Handy/Paradise Creek Brewery/Researched by Jo Ella Straley
  • Paradise Creek Brewery — Pullman, Wash.: Despite having been put to a wide variety of uses over the years — a movie theater, a bakery, a firearms store, and now a restaurant — the old post office in Pullman, Wash., retains many of its original features, with one major difference: The owners converted the basement into a microbrewery.
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    Paradise Creek Brewery — Pullman, Wash.: Despite having been put to a wide variety of uses over the years — a movie theater, a bakery, a firearms store, and now a restaurant — the old post office in Pullman, Wash., retains many of its original features, with one major difference: The owners converted the basement into a microbrewery.
    Courtesy of Tom Handy/Paradise Creek Brewery/Researched by Jo Ella Straley
  • Farley Post Office/Moynihan Station – New York City: Business, political and civic leaders in New York City gathered in 2007 to announce support for plan to turn the Farley Post Office into a train station. The building bears the inscription, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" — a paraphrasing from ...
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    Farley Post Office/Moynihan Station – New York City: Business, political and civic leaders in New York City gathered in 2007 to announce support for plan to turn the Farley Post Office into a train station. The building bears the inscription, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" — a paraphrasing from Herodotus' Histories, often falsely cited as the Postal Service's motto.
    Susan Watts/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images/Researched by Jo Ella Straley
  • Chicago Main Post Office: Chicago's former main post office occupies two city blocks, spans an expressway and has sat empty since 1997. It was USPS's largest vacant property until it was sold for $25 million after numerous city initiatives to redevelop the property failed. The building did generate a small amount of income in 2007 by serving as the Gotham National Bank in the movie The D...
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    Chicago Main Post Office: Chicago's former main post office occupies two city blocks, spans an expressway and has sat empty since 1997. It was USPS's largest vacant property until it was sold for $25 million after numerous city initiatives to redevelop the property failed. The building did generate a small amount of income in 2007 by serving as the Gotham National Bank in the movie The Dark Knight.
    mirasha via Flickr/Researched by Jo Ella Straley
  • Railway Express Lofts – Baltimore: This former parcel post station in Baltimore ceased operating in the 1970s. It is now a collection of office, retail and residential space. Originally, post office managers used surveillance catwalks to keep an eye on employees. Current residents cannot be peered down upon, but they must put up with train noise — it is across from Penn Station. (Courtes...
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    Railway Express Lofts – Baltimore: This former parcel post station in Baltimore ceased operating in the 1970s. It is now a collection of office, retail and residential space. Originally, post office managers used surveillance catwalks to keep an eye on employees. Current residents cannot be peered down upon, but they must put up with train noise — it is across from Penn Station.
    Courtesy Railway Express Lofts/Researched by Jo Ella Straley

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