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Press Release: They're Selling the Berkeley Post Office?! Discussion of Options with Dr. Gray Brechin Friday, June 20, at 7:30

From John Feld, Hillside Club
Thursday July 12, 2012 - 04:20:00 PM

A giant real estate company contracted by the U.S. Postal Service to sell America's post offices is doing so without user input and with no consideration for their aesthetic or historic merit let alone their vital community functions.

Now it's Berkeley's turn. Built in 1914 and modeled on Brunelleschi's Foundling Hospital in Florence to harmonize with the nearby University buildings, the downtown post office is one of the nation's most beautiful and hosts two New Deal art works. It belongs to all of us.

Dr. Gray Brechin will discuss the actual reasons for the fire sale of what the National Trust for Historic Preservation has categorically named among America's most endangered treasures and what we can do to stop it. The Berkeley City Council will consider a resolution to formally appeal the sale at its July 24 meeting.  

Friday, June 20 • 7:30 pm • Donation 

Hillside Club 

2286 Cedar Street (at Arch) 

Berkeley 94709 


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