Princeton Council, led by Mayor Liz Lempert has written to local Congressman Rush Holt to express concern over USPS plans to sell the historic Princeton Post Office in Palmer Square, pictured above. USPS, faced with declining revenues, is aiming to downsize to a smaller office.
From the outside, the 1930s building is undoubtedly a beautiful centerpiece to Palmer Square and really ought to be preserved. But what is inside? When did you last pay a visit? Famously/Infamously, the Princeton Post Office features a period mural showing Native Americans cowering before white men in 18th century garb, with Nassau Hall in the background:
The inside of the building is pretty spacious, as shown by the photo below, and still has some period fittings reminiscent of the old Dinky station on University Place:
Any potential buyer would also notice that there is a load of space behind the counter, which includes various sorting boxes and postal paraphernalia. Most mail for the former township now passes through the USPS facility in West Windsor.
Do you think the Princeton Post Office could find a new, different use if USPS sold up? How would you feel if a renovation removed the interior features- potentially including the mural? Have your say in using the comment box below!