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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. Preservation of these elements is paired with graphic stories and displays of postal relics to capture a unique brand experience that speaks to the building’s history and its purpose moving forward. The development is also pursuing LEED certification for the project.