“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
The early 20th century, Neoclassical, Rocky Mount Post Office enjoys a prime location in revitalizing downtown Rocky Mount. This 18,500-SF building has 1.5 floors above grade, and one floor below grade. Its handsome limestone exterior harkens to times past, and its cast-in-place concrete frame gives it excellent structural stability. Windows and roof are secured; interior is ready for renovation. The historic Douglas Block buildings including the Booker T Theater, is a block away; Edgecombe Community College is across the street, and let us not forget the outstanding Prime Smokehouse Restaurant in the same area; all pieces in the revitalization puzzle already in place. Those members and interest folks that attended the Preservation Rocky Mount tour were delighted it included the Post Office. It was a wonderful opportunity you would have enjoyed. I know you are interested in the preservation of our assets, retaining our stories, and creating a future that holds these things in a creative and reimagined way. Join Preservation Rocky Mount and help rethink it’s role in todays revitalization work. Be sure to visit the PRM Home Page with information you will need. While you are at it, visit and ‘Like’ the PRM Facebook page .
I stepped aside for a reflective moment and took this photograph through these spacious windows. It felt like a timeless, quiet Sunday afternoon that I looked upon. It allowed me a moment to look back. Who knows how many people glanced through these windows at the same trees. I tried to image a future for this beautiful architectural building. Jennifer Sisal with Ratio Architects, Inc is involved in this reimagining. I will write more about this process in another post. We know that Historic preservation encourages cities to build on the assets they have. The old Post Office, The People’s Bank, and the May & Gorham building, matter to us. They reflect our stories and help retain our identity. They create opportunities for growth, and are part of the future’s firm foundation we build upon.