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The Riverside post office’s history includes the notorious office ‘sneak hole’

Today's story about the plan to close the Riverside Avenue Post Office and relocate in a smaller building downtown provokes this question:

How will this affect your regular life?  As a business person, what's the impact?  As a regular or occasional user, how does it change things for you?

The justification for the move is clear; the US Postal Service doesn't need that much space, especially after sending the carriers who use it to another office.

We found a few interesting tidbits while conducting research. One of the most interesting is this item found in the GSA archives of its historic buildings: 

In additition to the ornate floors, the building contained a common feature in post offices of the era. The "sneak hole" was a specially constructed, enclosed gallery located above the postal workroom that allowed inspectors to secretly observe the actions of employees through strategically placed peep holes. The "sneak hole" is no longer in use today.


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