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 $20 billion over the next three years is to sell off some post offices. More than 600 have been “earmarked for disposal” and a total of 57 are up for sale via real estate firm CB Richard Ellis.

Included on the chopping block? A handful of architectural gems that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places And unfortunately they’ll probably end up as Apple Stores, or Starbucks, or Wells Fargos.

Here are eight of the awesome post offices we’ll be sad to see go.


The Berkeley, California post office 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.

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The Bronx General Post Office at E. 149th Street 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.

8 Historic Post Offices That Might Turn Into Starbucks

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Built in 1858, the Renaissance-style post office on 31st Street in Washington, DC is already under contract.

8 Historic Post Offices That Might Turn Into Starbucks

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The 1933 building on Hamilton Ave in Palo Alto isn’t up for sale yet. But a change of hands is being considered.

8 Historic Post Offices That Might Turn Into Starbucks

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There’s already a for sale sign up in front of the Norwich, Connecticut post office, which was built in 1905.

8 Historic Post Offices That Might Turn Into Starbucks

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The Derby, Connecticut post office is also up for grabs. Operations would be consolidated with another town.

8 Historic Post Offices That Might Turn Into Starbucks

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The Old Chelsea Station Post Office on West 18th Street 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.

8 Historic Post Offices That Might Turn Into Starbucks


This isn’t the Annapolis Post Office’s first brush with death; four years ago a Pennsylvania developer wanted to turn it into condos.

8 Historic Post Offices That Might Turn Into Starbucks

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[New York Times]