Built in 1970 by San Rafael contractor Floyd Allensby, the Amado Post Office Building is an exceptional example of the “New Formalism” style of modernist architecture. The building’s design is highlighted by tall, expressive arches of cast concrete, large expanses of north-facing glass windows, and walls of period porcelain tile. As is often the case across the United States, the architecture of a town’s main post office reflects the dominant architectural style of the surrounding community.
On September 14, 2020, PSPF sent a letter to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (ACBCI) requesting they consider the adaptive reuse of the U.S. Post Office Building at 333 East Amado Road. Aside from chronicling the architectural merits of the building, the PSPF letter pointed out that the Amado Post Office Building had “performed both an essential civic function, and served as an informal community gathering place.” The PSPF letter offers to fund a sustainability study to “quantify the merits of adaptively reusing the building.” To read the PSPF letter click here .