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Old downtown Reno post office closes, new office opens

By January 7, 2013

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With the sale deal done and a new post office open, Reno's downtown post office building since 1934 closed it's doors during the first week of 2013. They will reopen after the building is repurposed as a retail center, on a date yet unknown.

Art deco detail, the old post office in downtown Reno, Nevada, NV
Art deco detail and Reno City Hall reflection at the old downtown post office. Photo © Stan White.

The art deco building was designed by architect Frederic DeLongchamps and served Reno residents for almost 80 years. The building is one of the best examples of this type of architecture in Nevada and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The new owners, Reno developer Bernie Carter and his partners, plan to turn the building into a retail center while preserving the historic character of the structure. Any changes will require approval from the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office, the Reno City Council, and the Reno Redevelopment Agency. Carter and company have agreed to invest nearly $5 million in repairs and renovations during their makeover of the property.

Old post office building, downtown Reno, Nevada, NV
Old post office building in downtown Reno, Nevada.
Photo © Stan White

The new Postal Service facility in downtown Reno is located at 135 N. Sierra Street, between 1st and 2nd Streets. There is downtown parking on the street and validated parking is available in the nearby Parking Gallery (entrance around the corner on 1st Street).

Reno native Frederic DeLongchamps designed numerous building around town, including the Washoe County Courthouse (across Virginia Street from the old post office). The Nevada Historical Society is hosting an exhibit of oil paintings by local artist Eric Holland that features buildings designed by DeLongchamps. The exhibit runs through February 23. There will be a free reception for the artist on January 11, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (775) 688-1190.

Sources: City of Reno, Reno Gazette-Journal.

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October 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm
(1) Bruce McBeth says:

I would like to see this building included in a larger project that would include as an addition of a new concert hall. This could be a whole new addition or collaboration if the Pioneer Center. I envision a large foyer, restaurant and open performance space in the old post office acting as the main entrance to an attached modern concert hall either towards the current location or slightly over the river or completely across the river into the Mapes area. It should be very similar to the fantastic repurpose of the Gare d’Orly in Paris. Just an idea.

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