Beverly Hills Main Post Office facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsPaula Kent Meehan Historic Building
in 2015, as an arts center
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|Former names||Beverly Hills Main Post Office|
|Architectural style||Italian Renaissance Revival|
|Address||469 N. Crescent Dr.|
|Town or city||Beverly Hills, California|
|Current tenants||Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts|
|Opened||April 28, 1934|
|Landlord||City of Beverly Hills|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Ralph C. Frewelling and Allison & Allison|
|Main contractor||Sarver and Zoss|
U.S. Post Office - Beverly Hills Main Post Office
in 2007, with old sign still intact
|NRHP reference No.||85000126|
The old Beverly Hills Main Post Office is a Renaissance Revival building at the Beverly Hills Civic Center in Beverly Hills, California. The building has carried the addresses 469 North Crescent Drive and 470 North Canon Drive. It was built as the main post office in the 1930s, remaining a post office until the 1990s, and in the 2010s became the Paula Kent Meehan Historic Building of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
The post office was part of the planning for the Beverly Hills Civic Center in the 1930s, and the City of Beverly Hills bought the property from the Pacific Electric Railway Company in 1930 in preparation for the Civic Center; the property had been the railway's Beverly Hills station. The post office was designed in an Italian Renaissance Revival style by architect Ralph C. Frewelling of Beverly Hills with Allison & Allison as consultants. Built as a WPA project, with Sarver and Zoss of Los Angeles as contractors, the post office opened on April 28, 1934.
Even though the building was designed with the formal entrance facing north along Santa Monica Boulevard, the railway still owned tracks along the north and south, so the public mainly used the east and west entrances on Crescent Drive and Canon Drive.
The Main Post Office on Crescent Drive was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
In 1990, 325 North Maple Drive was rebuilt as the new Beverly Hills Main Post Office, and most services moved out of the old Main on Crescent Drive. In March 1999, the old Main Post Office was closed and its post office boxes moved to Maple Drive. The old Post Office was sold back to the City of Beverly Hills in 1999. The City signed a long-term lease to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, who named the building the Paula Kent Meehan Historic Building.
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