WATCH LIST: GLENDALE MAIN POST OFFICE
TGHS IS MONITORING STATUS I NO ACTION REQUIRED AT THIS TIME
With an annual operating deficit in excess of $8.5 billion, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is looking to shut down almost 10% of its post offices throughout the country. Unfortunately, it appears that Glendale's historic main post office, located at 313 E. Broadway, may be on the target list. While there has been no public announcement or confirmation, TGHS remains concerned about the building's future.
The USPS held a public meeting on July 25, 2013, to solicit community input on the building’s proposed closure and sale. TGHS and several residents attended the meeting to request that the USPS exhaust every possibility before disposing of the historic building. Following the public meeting, TGHS submitted a letter advocating for the preservation of the post office and encouraging USPS to look at other cost-cutting solutions, such as consolidating operations or leasing unused office space.
Built in 1934, the impressive Classical Revival/Italian Renaissance-style building was designed by George M. Lindsay and features a beautifully decorated public lobby that includes marble walls and floor, ornamental bronze grille and panel work, and a ceiling of painted panels with relief decorations. The building was constructed with a steel frame faced with terracotta meant to look like carved granite blocks. The post office is listed on both the Glendale Register of Historic Resources and the National Register of Historic Places.
TGHS continues to work closely with local elected officials and will provide updates as more information becomes available.
Last updated: Sept. 10, 2014