The Travesty of the Relocation of the New Deal Era Ukiah CA Post Office and Mural

What Happened to the Ukiah California New Deal Era Post Office and Mural?

New Deal Era Ukiah Post Office CA interior with murals. Photo by Bob Dass on flickr cc

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.

Austere New Annex Ukiah Post Office replacing former Historic Ukiah Post Office. Photo by Bob Dass on flickr cc

Austere New Annex Ukiah Post Office replacing former Historic Ukiah Post Office. Photo by Bob Dass on flickr cc

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.

Ukiah Post Office For Sale Sign before sold. Photo by Bob Dass on flick cc

Ukiah Post Office For Sale Sign before sold. Photo by Bob Dass on flick cc

New Deal Ukiah CA Post Office and mural by Bob Dass on Flickr cc

New Deal Ukiah CA Post Office and mural. Photo by Bob Dass on Flickr cc

Ukiah Post Office Mural inside by Bob Dass on flickr cc

New Deal Era Ukiah Post Office CA interior with murals. Photo by Bob Dass on flickr cc

New Deal Era Ukiah Post Office CA interior with murals. Photo by Bob Dass on flickr cc

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:

Official Plaque on Ukiah CA New Deal Era Post Office built 1936

Here is a link to a WordPress Ukiah Blog where citizens of Ukiah made valiant efforts to organize and save their precious historic Ukiah Post Office in the heart of their community.

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:

Downtown Map of Historic Ukiah showing New Deal 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:

Our Mission
The Mission of the Ukiah Main Street Program is to preserve and enhance what makes Ukiah a great place.

Our Vision
We envision the heart of Ukiah being the economic and cultural center of a thriving small town community.

Our Values
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.

Ukiah California Post Office Mural Rolled up. Photo by Jimmy Wayne on Flickr cc

New Deal Era 1938 Ukiah California Post Office Mural, “Resources of the Soil,” rolled up August, 21, 2012 and shipped to Chicago. Photo by Jimmy Wayne on Flickr cc

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