Describing the structure as a “Sleeping Beauty,” Schulze says that the redevelopment of the Old Main Post Office is not only significant for representing a major adaptive reuse and revitalization of one of Chicago’s great buildings, but it’s one that is expected to help breathe new life into the sleepy stretch of the South Loop and West Loop Gate.
A vision of the future of Portland’s original U.S. Post office at 511 NW Broadway is written in its magnificent bones: the numerous skylights, expansive windows, lofty ceilings, and open spaces. As President Tom Manley notes, “It’s as if the building always aspired to be a college of art and design.”
During the 2014–15 academic year, this historic building—identified as the geographic center of Portland by a U.S. Geological Survey marker—will re-emerge as PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, a new hub for creativity and entrepreneurship.
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