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U.S. Post Office / Courthouse & Custom House Building
- New York

Client: General Services Administration

Site: Utica, New York

The Utica Post Office, Courthouse and Custom House Building is a three-story, limestone-clad building that occupies an entire block. It was built in 1929, as authorized by the Public Buildings Act of 1926, and is an example of Starved Classicism, a style popular for public buildings of this period. This Historic Structure Report evaluated the historic and architectural significance, and the physical condition of the building, in order to recommend appropriate rehabilitation plans for proposed changes to the structure. The Post Office and Custom Service are no longer located in the building and proposed changes were, in addition to general masonry repairs and upgrading of building systems, for the renovation of existing spaces for courtrooms and offices. This type of renovation has severely damaged many historic buildings, and our Historic Structure Report made lengthy recommendations for renovations that would not significantly impact the historic character of this building.