What Happened to the Ukiah California New Deal Era Post Office and Mural?
Despite outcries from thousands of people in Ukiah, the USPS sold its beautiful New Deal Era post office through a “relocation” rule. The people of Ukiah are saddened that their beautiful post office which has been in their community since completion in 1936 will be “relocated” to an ugly severe-style annex building.
The people of Ukiah are heartbroken to see their beautiful post office dismantled and their beautiful mural which has been in their community for decades folded up and taken to Chicago for restoration.
To see a photo from Seth Gains on Flickr of the original Ukiah Post Office Plaque that indicates that Louis A. Simon was the Supervising Architect and Neal A. Melick was the Supervising Engineer under the Postmaster General James A. Farley and the Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, click on the link below:
The Ukiah Daily Journal newspaper initially carried several important articles about the struggle to save the Ukiah Post Office. However, when you try to link to this article, it no longer exists: “Ukiahans come out in droves to support post office,”
History of Historic Ukiah, CA
Here is a map which is also on the Ukiah Main Street Program website that shows the location of the former Historic Ukiah Post Office:
The website also indicates that Ukiah’s downtown had the distinction of being a “Certified National Main Street Community.”
As their website states about the goal of their Ukiah National Main Street Community:
The Mission of the Ukiah Main Street Program is to preserve and enhance what makes Ukiah a great place.
We envision the heart of Ukiah being the economic and cultural center of a thriving small town community.
We preserve this through: Promotion, Partnerships, Education, Advocacy, Preservation, and Beautification
About Ukiah Main Street – A Nationally Certified Program
Ukiah became a Main Street City in 1987 with initial support from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Office.
Did it serve this beautiful community to have their precious gem of an Historic Ukiah New Deal Era Post Office sold and closed? No it did not.
Something is very wrong with the way the Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and his administrators are wrongfully tearing out the heart of historic centers within communities in California and throughout the U.S. by selling off and dismantling our national treasures which we, the American people own. It is our commons.
Tell Postmaster General Donahoe to stop the sell-off of our national historic treasures and valuable commons. There is no proof that USPS saved money from snatching the historic treasures of Ukiah with a bait and switch of its historic post office.
Here is what the Historic New Deal Era Ukiah Post Office looks like as it is being dismantled. Thank you to the photography of Jimmy Wayne on Flick here.
Ukiah California Post Office Mural Being Rolled Up
The New Deal mural entitled “Resources of the Soil” painted by Benjamin Cunningham in 1938 was removed from the historic Ukiah Post Office on August 21, 2012 after the Post Office was sold. According to Jimmy Wayne’s Flickr site, the mural is in Chicago at Parma Conservation awaiting restoration.