Historic Kitchener post office at 9th and Market closes up shop

The last remaining large US post office in Kitchener closed on the 9th and the market last weekend, leaving behind what is considered to be one of the most beautiful interiors in the city.

“It’s a huge building and we’re not using all of the space we rent,” said Ray Daiutolo, spokesman for the postal service, to the investigator at the William Penn Annex Building at 900 Market. The postal service announced about a year ago that it would move out of the six-story building. It officially closed its doors last Saturday at 12 noon and will reopen in the Cast Iron Building at 718 Arch Street.

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Last year, the investigator’s architecture critic, Inga Saffron, recalled the federal authority’s architectural heyday. The William Penn Annex Building was one of many large buildings commissioned by the Public Works Administration in the United States in the 1930s. Designed by Harry Sternfeld and Ballinger in 1937, it features a large Art Deco style hall that served as the Post’s main center of activity.

It was one of two major post offices built in Kitchener during this period, including the 30th Street Post Office, which has since been converted into offices for the IRS. The even more ornate Art Deco building was purchased for $ 345 million in December 2015.

The future of the William Penn Annex Building remains uncertain, although the GSA previously said it hopes to use the building for other federal agencies. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Since the building is now closed to the public, here’s a glimpse of the inside thanks to all of the guests who have captured the interiors over the years.

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