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Historical Society Hosting ‘Save Our La Jolla Post Office’ Fundraiser Saturday

The La Jolla Historical Society aims to raise $1,200 to cover the application fee required to add the La Jolla Post Office to the local San Diego Register of Designated Historical Resources.

The fight to save the historical La Jolla Post Office on Wall Street continues this weekend. The La Jolla Historical Society's Save Our La Jolla Post Office Task Force will host a fundraiser on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the the Post Office built in 1935. The money will be used to cover the $1,200 application fee to have the Post Office added to the local San Diego Register of Designated Historical Resources.

The Task Force said the designation "would provide a layer of protection for the building and WPA-era Bella Baranceanu mural inside the Post Office. 

La Jollans first learned that the Postal Service proposed a relocation and sale of the Post Office in January.

On Jan. 11, the Postal Service said the La Jolla Main Post Office on the corner of Wall Street and Ivanhoe Avenue would be relocated to a smaller location within 1 mile of the current site.

That same month a representative for the U.S. Postal Service told Patch, “The Postal Service appreciates the fact that customers like those in La Jolla hold their local Post Offices in high regard and value our products and services. That’s why we are taking necessary steps nationwide to ensure the long-term viability of the Postal Service by identifying sensible ways to reduce our costs and maintain affordable, efficient service.”

In June, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the local post office to its 2012 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

The annual list spotlights “important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable repair.”

San Diego City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner and La Jolla Historical Society Executive Director Heath Fox will speak Saturday outside of the La Jolla Post Office at 10:30 a.m.

To learn more about the Save Our La Jolla Post Office's efforst visit savelajollapostoffice.org

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