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The Post Office

Chicago, Illinois

Through historically minded restoration and repositioning, the long-vacant 2.8 million-square-foot Post Office is being brought back to life as a hub for business and commerce. Restoration of the building's facade, windows, main lobby, Postmaster-General's suite and historic corridors are underway along with the development of world-class tenant amenities. This project is as much about transformation as it is about the research of what once was. Gensler has created detailed documentation of existing equipment including scales, mail chutes, conveyors, historic corridors, original mosaic tile floors and plaster ceilings. Many of these elements are being retained to capture a unique brand that speaks to the building’s history and its purpose moving forward. The development is also pursuing LEED certification for the project.