El Viejo Post Office

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U.S. Post Office
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El Viejo Post Office is located in California
El Viejo Post Office
El Viejo Post Office is located in the US
El Viejo Post Office
Location 1125 I Street
Modesto, California
Coordinates 37°38′28″N 120°59′48″W / 37.64111°N 120.99667°W / 37.64111; -120.99667Coordinates: 37°38′28″N 120°59′48″W / 37.64111°N 120.99667°W / 37.64111; -120.99667
Area 0.6 acres (0.24 ha)
Built 1933
Architect James A Wetmore
Architectural style Mixed (more Than 2 Styles From Different Periods)
NRHP Reference # 83001246[1]
Added to NRHP February 10, 1983

El Viejo Post Office is a historic post office in downtown Modesto.[2] Built in 1933, the post office houses murals depicting pastoral scenes. The building's roof is made entirely of terra cotta tiles. The building remained a U.S. Post Office until 2011 when it was closed and the Federal Government auctioned off the building. It was purchased by an investment group and remodeled, however the original murals that were intact at the end of the Postal service era remain intact. Some of the original murals were removed and lost after a remodeling of the post office in 1960, however two were found recently. The Federal government took the lost murals into custody prior to them being re-hung in their original place. The building currently houses a law office, although the murals and some of the original brass post office boxes remain on display.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ National Register of Historic Places in Stanislaus County, Retrieved January 20, 2011.