Downtown Santa Monica's recently-shuttered 1937 post office will be protected under a preservation covenant approved by the city council on Tuesday, says Santa Monica Daily Press. The covenant will require anyone who buys the property to preserve its historic elements and seek approval from the council before alterations are made. As recommended by the Landmarks Commission, those historic features include "the mass and plan of the main façade, the poured concrete siding, the wood frame windows, the ornate groves in exterior walls, pilasters, columns, exterior motifs, and the ornamental metal fence." Because the building is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, selling the building without "adequate and legally enforceable restrictions or conditions to ensure the long-term preservation of the property's historic significance" would have triggered a tedious review process under federal preservation regulations. This was the same process used when Venice's historic post office was sold to producer Joel Silver last year, and that worked out well! Now USPS just needs to find a buyer.
· Preservation covenant in place for shuttered post office [SMDP]
· Historic SaMo Post Office Will Be Sold Despite Landmark Issues [Curbed LA]