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ing and converting the building for use as
city office space. The first step in this process
was to remove all of the asbestos in the
facility. During the summer, the city began
working with the architectural firm of
Wagner and Klein of Fredericksburg on the
renovation of the building. The firm was
selected because of their demonstrated
ability to renovate historic structures, while
maintaining the historic character in the
The Post Office functions had been
conducted primarily on the main floor and
central lobby area. The second floor provided
office space for some non-Postal Service
governmental functions. The basement
was used solely for storage and utility
service. In order to maximize the use of the
building for the city's purposes, it was decided
early on to convert the basement into
prime office space. Throughout the process
of design and rehabilitation, the city paid
particular attention to retaining the original
character and quality of the building.
The Postal Service had required as a condition
of the sale that all changes made to
the building be approved by the Texas
Historical Commission. Although the city's
plans included measures that went above
and beyond normal restoration to preserve
the historic character of the building, the
Commission required additional items to be
preserved. For example, they required that
the original name of the U.S. Post Office be
retained on the face of the building. (Consequently,
people still come into the building
to mail packages or post letters.)
In the end the city has obtained a modernized
facility that still retains much of its
charm and character. The lobby was restored
and even includes some of the original
post office boxes. The local postmaster
had the foresight to save one bank of the
postal boxes, and these have been returned
to their former location in the lobby. The
facility does not serve as a postal substation,
nor are the postal boxes used for delivery of
U.S. mail. However, city staff does use the
boxes for interoffice mail purposes, so they
are more than a decorative feature. Much of
the original wood work and hardware has
been retained and restored throughout the
building. The original postal window has
been changed to a utility payment window
and the loading dock in the back converted
to an employee break room. To satisfy the
requirements of the Americans with Disabilities
Act, an elevator has been installed,
and the basement now provides very attractive,
sunlit office space.
In honor of the city's significant investment
of time and money, the Texas Historical
Foundation presented a 1992 Citation
of Merit to the City of Georgetown for
the outstanding rehabilitation of the
downtown Post Office building.
After much time and an expenditure of
approximately $700,000, the city's new
facility has become once again a landmark
for the community. Visitors and customers
to the city's Utility Billing, Finance, and
Development Services operations are
amazed at the quality of the facility and the
care with which it was restored. The lobby
has been decorated with photographs of
the original construction of the building.
Pictures hang throughout the building depicting
what the interior looked like before
the restoration. They provide a strong reminder
that through the efforts of the citizens
and its city leaders, Georgetown will
continue to have this fine, historic building
to serve its needs long into the future.
Barry, director of development services for the
City of Georgetown, was involved in coordinating
the renovations for the restoration of the
Old Georgetown Post Office facility.
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