Did you know that the U.S.P.S. sometimes sells off old buildings and facilities? There’s a real estate page I look at often where I dream of having the half a million dollars to house the L.W.A. in an actual post office. While part of me is sad that these buildings are for sale, I also find myself fascinated by what they become.
For example, in my neighborhood, our old post office building is now a fitness center. This is also the fate of this grand building in Petaluma, California. The CA building was a lot more picturesque than the one near me which is a 1970s box. Honestly, I think I like it better as a gym than a P.O. Also within walking distance from my house is a warehouse for an event company inside an old Post Office store front.
I’ve talked about people living in post offices on the blog before, but I think one of my favorite reimagined P.O.s is the Willimantic Brewing Co. in Connecticut. My pen pal Marissa sent me a postcard from there. It’s her hometown bar and they’ve kept a lot of the old postal features as well as worked in the postal theme to their logo and beer names. Bars and restaurants seem to be a popular reincarnation for post postal buildings.