The Franklin Station post office in downtown Napa is one of our community’s most treasured public buildings and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This unique, New Deal-era building represents an important piece of our collective history and is an art deco icon beloved for its period architecture, terra cotta frieze, imposing urn lanterns and interior artwork and detail. The building doesn’t just stand as a testament to a kind of fine craftsmanship no-longer practiced today – it was paid for by the public and reflects the collective pride people took in shaping public spaces to inspire and delight the senses. Now, against the wishes of the City of Napa and most citizens, the U.S. Postal Service is proposing to raze this National Register listed gem to the ground.
UPDATE: January 5, 2016
Napa County Landmarks is working directly with USPS Preservation Officer Daniel Delahaye and the City of Napa to gain the support necessary to finalize the preservation covenant. At this time we are hopeful that the USPS will support our bid to hold the covenant of the Franklin Station Post Office! More to come as events unfold.