Columbus MS – The 83-year-old United States Post Office, located at 524 Main St., is instantly recognizable by its historic look. That look, however, is in need of a slight touchup following damage that occurred recently.
On Sept. 23, a piece of the facade across the top of the front side of the building fell.
The area was roped off and remains that way to ensure the safety of the public, said Debra Jean Fetterly, USPS spokesperson for the Alabama-Mississippi District. Service has not been affected though, and the post office remains open for regular hours.
However, the fix is not as simple as hiring a contractor and repairing the damage. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the, “Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation,” according to the National Park Services website.
With this distinction comes a set of regulations that must be strictly adhered to when doing work on protected sites.