Former Charleston post office up for auction

You have a chance to get your hands on a historic post office in Coles County as it's being sold in an online auction.

The post office is located north of the Charleston downtown square at the corner of Sixth Street and Madison Avenue. It opened in 1917 before closing in late 2011.

The auction is scheduled for a soft close on Sept. 5. Registration remains open for interested bidders.

Charleston Historic Preservation Commission member Elisa Roberts said the post office is one of the few federal buildings that was built in the city.

Roberts said prior to its construction, post offices in Charleston were located in places like stores and the courthouse.

Roberts said the post office is under a two year preservation covenant, which protects the building from demolition for two years. The only requirements for the interior of the building are that the new purchaser must keep the terrazzo floors in the entry and the spiral staircase to the attic. That requirement expires in 2014.

She says there are two former post office buildings in the country that are very similar in structure, one in Texas and one in Ohio.

The opening bid for the property is $50,000 dollars. Bidders will have to provide a $5,000 refundable registration deposit to register for the sale and to bid on the property.

The post office is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and may also qualify for Historical Preservation Grants.

For more information about the Charleston Post Office, click here.

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