A few days ago I spotted a double-page ad in The New York Times, colored in golden hues, announcing the arrival of a new Restoration Hardware in Greenwich, CT, my old home town. The retailer which bills itself as “a luxury brand in the home furnishings marketplace,” has moved from its previous Greenwich location to much grander digs, The Old Post Office, built in 1916 and listed on The National Register of Historic Places.
Then today, I learn that the landmark 1899 Post Office Tower in Washington, D.C was leased to the Trump Organization which plans to renovate and convert this historic beauty into a luxury hotel with all the gaudy trimmings associated with Trump. Yes, this is another there-goes-the-hood rant. Well, at least these classic icons did not meet up with the wrecking ball. Post offices are an endangered species after all.
I noted that on the Restoration Hardware website you can purchase a cast stone “Greenwich Urn.” Yours for $389. “Substantial in presence and classical in detail..,” the urn copy reads. “Time and the elements will only enrich its weathered character.” The words could have been describing the Old Post Office.