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FEATURE T CIVIC PURPOSE REPURPOSED: BRONX A landmark post office on the Grand Concourse will soon rise from hibernation to become a mixed-use community center, helping to catalyze the borough's renewal ©Studio V Architecture BY BILL MILL ARD he Bronx is still recovering from the "the Bronx is burning" headlines of the 1970s. But Jay Valgora, AIA, principal of Studio V Architecture, aims to erase those tragic memories. Valgora's firm is converting the Bronx General Post Office (GPO), a 1937 Thomas Harlan Ellett building at East 149th Street and Grand Concourse that has a streamlined look and monumental arched windows, from what he calls "an empty facility sitting on the borough's most important corner" to a multipurpose commercial magnet. Its lobby features the murals Resources of America by Ben and Bernarda Shahn, 13 frescos depicting workers in multiple fields: farms, heavy industry, and culture. They will be included in the revived landmark building, which will consist of retail, a food hall, a restaurant, Class A office space, arts/events programming, and a postal branch. The site, an inclined block located near Hostos Community College, Lincoln Hospital, and public transit, makes the new "Bronx Post Place" a gateway to a neighborhood and borough primed for a cultural and economic renaissance. Grandeur, mystery, and welcome The U.S. Postal Service's decision to sell the building overcame initial pushback. Borough President Rubén Diaz, Jr., and Rep. José Serrano both questioned the sale and urged the postal service not to proceed without community input; protecting the Shahns' work was a priority. Developer Young S. Woo, himself originally trained as an architect, admired Studio V's work on the Empire Stores in DUMBO and cold-called Valgora to give the area a center for commerce, arts, and ©Studio V Architecture The Bronx Post Office in its current condition. 28 Oculus Fall 2016 Authenticity + Innovation: Architecture Repurposed

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Fall 2016

First Words Letter from the President
Letter from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: Authenticity and Innovation
Civic Purpose Repurposed: Brooklyn
Civic Purpose Repurposed: Bronx
A Study in Contrasts
WeLive on Wall Street
A Preservation Paradox
Industrial Strength
Innovation Rooted in History
In Print
97-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers
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Oculus - Fall 2016 - Opener: Authenticity and Innovation
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Oculus - Fall 2016 - A Study in Contrasts
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Oculus - Fall 2016 - WeLive on Wall Street
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