The U.S. Postal Service plans to end all retail operations at its flagship Downtown Houston post office next Friday, May 15th. And that’ll be it for the Barbara Jordan Post Office in the 5-story 1962 building with concrete fins at 401 Franklin St. All P.O. box and caller services at that location have already ended; they stopped on May 1st. And the post office boxes themselves have been gently extricated as well, leaving this scene inside:
The building was designed in the early sixties by Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson, shortly before the iconic Houston architecture firm turned its attention to its most famous project: the Astrodome. P.O. box service has already been relocated to the Sam Houston Station in Midtown, at 1500 Hadley St.
The USPS has placed the entire 16-acre property surrounding the building up for sale, but has not yet announced a buyer. The postal service has also indicated that it “anticipates demolition” of the structure.
- Previously on Swamplot: USPS Moving P.O. Boxes to Midtown Ahead of Sale and Demolition of Downtown Post Office
Photos: CBRE (exterior); Ayn Morgan (interior)