“It’s unique to Charleston to have a neoclassical government building like this one,” she said. “In your small community, buildings are not built like this anymore because costs prohibit it, so we want to preserve it.”
Since the first year that the building has been up for sale, Roberts said there have been about eight to 10 showings, although she is unsure of how serious the potential buyers were in preserving the historic integrity of the property.
“We don’t have one particular use in mind — we just want to see whoever buys it to respect the design and adapt to the building,” she said.
Although the CHPC doesn’t have a specific use in mind for the building, Roberts said the site’s close proximity to the courthouse square would be appropriate for a law firm to adapt to the building, and the loading dock on the property might make it appealing for a restaurant owner.
Roberts said other post offices around the United States similar to the former USPS facility in Charleston have been adapted for use as a conventions and visitors bureau such as in Nacogdoches, Texas, and an architect firm office such as in Bedford, Ohio.
Come April, Roberts said, the commission hopes to host an open house at the historic structure so the public can get a more in-depth look at the building.