The Old Post Office in St. Loius was built in 1884. Constructed of Red Missouri granite and gray Maine granite, the fortress-like design reflects the uneasiness that permeated the nation following the Civil War. The Old Post Office is a National Historic Landmark and was listed as a City Landmark in 1971. ()
The Postal Service does not properly track its sale and maintenance of its historic properties, according to an April 21 Inspector General’s report.
The Postal Service sold 22 historic properties out of 8,500 owned between 2010 and 2013 and listed another 25 for sale, but did not track how much it spent on preservation, according to the report.
The Postal Service also did not report the status of historic artwork in those buildings to the National Museum of American Art as required by agency guidelines.
The official who approves the closure and relocation of postal properties out of historic buildings also reviews appeals of those decisions, giving the appearance of bias, according to the report.
The Postal Service should reconcile its historic properties with those on the National Register of Historic Places and develop a process to track spending and preservation efforts, the IG advised.