Historic Venice Post Office Threatened

 

The Preservation Committee of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles has learned of potential sale of the historic Venice Post Office located at 1620 Main Street.
 
This unique 1939 architectural asset is thought to be the only structure built in Venice by the Works Project Administration, part of Presidents Roosevelt’s depression-era New Deal Program. The renowned architect Louis A. Simon designed the Venice Post Office and it is also home to the “Story of Venice” mural created by Edward Biberman. Mr Biberman was an iconic post-war California Modernist artist and a contemporary of Diego Rivera and Georgia O’Keefe.
 
These two historic and cultural resources enjoy no historical landmark status. Typically, the sale or disposition of these assets that are not protected expose them to an uncertain future that could include demotion. The loss of the Venice Post Office would be even more tragic given the massive loss of historic properties as part of the 1964 urban renewal project resulting in the demolition of 550 of Venice’s most historic buildings.
 
 We are urging our members to oppose the sale of the Post Office. The deadline to appeal of the sale is Friday August 5th. We urge you to contact the following person in change:
 
USPS Diana K. Alvarado
Vice President, Facilities
Pacific Facilities Service Office, 395 Oyster Point Boulevard, Suite 225
South San Francisco, CA 94080-0300
 
Thank you for your consideration.