The La Jolla Historical Society’s Save Our La Jolla Post Office Task Force raised more than $1,200 in less than two hours Oct. 13 during the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival.
The fund-raising event, held in front of the Wall Street post office, raised money for an application fee required by the city to have the post office considered for the San Diego Register of Designated Historical Resources. The designation would provide a layer of protection for the building and WPA-era Belle Baranceanu mural, which has graced the lobby of the post office since the building’s construction in 1935.
“The community continues to respond decisively to support our efforts to save the historically important Wall Street post office,” said Heath Fox, executive director of the La Jolla Historical Society. “We let La Jollans know that we would be in front of the post office collecting the necessary fees for the application and they showed up to make sure we did just that. It con- tinues to be clear that the community wants our 78-year-old post office to remain, as it is, where it is.”
The task force submitted an application for the National Register of Historic places in February. In April, the State Office of Historic Preservation endorsed the application but the remaining process at the national level can take more than a year.
The task force believes that placement on the local Register of Historic Resources will be forthcoming and in a more expedient manner due to the recent endorsement by the state.
Also on Saturday, the task force conducted a nine-question survey of community members’ usage and opinions of the Wall Street post office, garnering more than 100 responses.
The considerable effort to save La Jolla’s original post office from relocation and sale has been ongoing for almost nine months in response to the announcement of such intentions by the United States Postal Service in January.
The La Jolla Historical Society has spent more than $10,000 fighting to protect both the services and the building. Its task force is executing a multi-faceted campaign that includes: historic preservation efforts at the state, federal and local levels; legislative influence through the proposed “Community Post Office Relocation Act” (HR 6238), which would allow the community an option to purchase the building and lease space back to the USPS; and ongoing community engagement efforts acknowledging that “it takes a village.”