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Main Post Office
Congress Expressway at Canal, Chicago


Straddling the expressway, the former Main Post Office has been vacant since 1998, when the U.S. Postal Service constructed its new facility only blocks away. The massive, 2.4 million square-foot Art Deco structure was built between 1921 and 1934 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Designed by Graham Anderson Probst & White, the Post Office has presented reuse challenges which are still, seven years later, unresolved. A new proposal calls for the demolition of the majority of the west fašade. This building appeared on LPCIĺs statewide endangered Ten Most List in 1997.




  What Can I Do? Please write to the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, urging it to accept a redevelopment proposal that does not demolish the highly visible west fašade of this Art Moderne masterpiece. Denise Casalino is DPDĺs Commissioner; her address is City Hall, Room 1000, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60601.








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