I've made a point on this trip, for the first time, of visiting the center of all relatively large towns to find its former post office site, which is invariably from the early 20th century and likely constructed by the WPA. On several occasions I've gone in and analyzed how the building is used today.
So now, dear readers, for many cities around the southeast, I present to you Old and New:
Former site: Salem, Virginia post office
Current Salem, Virginia post office:
Former site: Roanoke, Virginia post office [and courthouse]
Current Roanoke, Virginia post office:
This building is fantastic because it includes an apparently full reconstruction of the [very, very] old Roanoke window and Postmaster's office.
Former site: Winston-Salem, North Carolina post office
Current Winston-Salem, North Carolina post office:
This location was also a P&DC before operations were consolidated into neighboring Greensboro, NC.
Former site: Statesville, NC post office [and courthouse]:
Operations were moved to the outskirts of town:
Downtown operations were replaced with a CPU, which is reputedly the second highest-grossing such operation in the state:
They have room for two clerks inside and the largest set of P.O. Boxes you've ever seen outside of a classified location.
Former site: Newton, NC post office:
The location is now the town's "Old Post Office Playhouse".
Current site: Newton, NC post office
The former post office in Brevard, NC is now a library:
The current Brevard post office is less glamorous:
And that's just the first set!