Something Old, Something New

The Old Fort Pierce Post Office is a historic building built in 1935 by the Works Progress Administration and designed by architect Louis A. Simon in the Mission Revival Style.

As a civic structure it provided the city with a place for chance meetings and neighborly interaction.

The Mediterranean Revival style was most effectively used in Florida to set apart prominent public buildings, such as City Hall, and was, therefore, a fitting style for a new Federal building downtown.

The Old Post Office stands as the last example of any such public building constructed in the city until the present day.

There were 15,000,000 unemployed workers in the country in 1933, when President Roosevelt proposed a New Deal, which instituted a national public building program.

Over $700,000,000 would provide more than 1000 communities across the country with their first federal buildings. Fort Pierce became one of those communities.

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Officially listed on the National Register of Historic places in 2001
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The building housed the Federal District Courthouse, and the Federal Marshall maintained his office there until 1997.

What was formerly the postmaster’s private entrance through the lobby became the judge’s emergency exit.

Several trials were held there entailing high security, and the windows in the judge’s chambers were replaced with bullet-resistant glass.

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The building was the main post office until 1964, when a larger facility that could accommodate the loading and unloading of trailer trucks was built several blocks west. It then became known as Station A, and finally the Downtown Station.

Throughout the 40’s and 50’s, and even into the 60’s, the post office was still known as a community meeting place and activity center.

The roof was a popular vantagepoint for viewing street events, such as the Cattleman’s Parade and the Sandy Shoes festival.

It was also used as a stakeout spot for the police at various times.

When the United States entered World War II, spare portions of the building were first leased to recruiting offices of the armed services.

Later the FBI had its quarters in the building.

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We are proud and honored that 500 ORANGE received the prestigious 2021 Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Adaptive Use for the renovation of the “The Old Fort Pierce Post Office”.

Dade County Slash Pine History

In their efforts to maintain the historical significance of the building, owners Jean and Stan Synkoski, saved and preserved all materials during demolition to be used later in the renovation of the building. A perfect example is “The WALL” constructed out of reclaimed Dade County Pine, one of the rarest wood in the world today, due to the fact that it has been banned from harvesting for many years.

Dade County Slash Pine (known by naturalists as Pinus Elliottii) was one of the most important pine species in Southern Florida. The tree played a pivotal role in ecological landscape of South Florida and helped shape the industries which would contribute to the population boom in the early twentieth century.

The timber proved to be of great use for pioneers, developers, and industrialist alike. The wood is resistant to both rot and termites and is known to be one of the hardest lumber products in the world. 

Unfortunately, the trees were harvested faster than they could grow back. Now practically extinct. It is illegal to harvest and Slash Pine wood is avidly salvaged from old buildings and houses upon demolition to meet the demand of those who appreciate its historical value, high durability, and beautiful high-grain finish

Dade County Slash Pine History

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In their efforts to maintain the historical significance of the building, owners Jean and Stan Synkoski, saved and preserved all materials during demolition to be used later in the renovation of the building. A perfect example is “The WALL” constructed out of reclaimed Dade County Pine, one of the rarest wood in the world today, due to the fact that it has been banned from harvesting for many years.

Dade County Slash Pine (known by naturalists as Pinus Elliottii) was one of the most important pine species in Southern Florida. The tree played a pivotal role in ecological landscape of South Florida and helped shape the industries which would contribute to the population boom in the early twentieth century.

The timber proved to be of great use for pioneers, developers, and industrialist alike. The wood is resistant to both rot and termites and is known to be one of the hardest lumber products in the world. 

Unfortunately, the trees were harvested faster than they could grow back. Now practically extinct. It is illegal to harvest and Slash Pine wood is avidly salvaged from old buildings and houses upon demolition to meet the demand of those who appreciate its historical value, high durability, and beautiful high-grain finish

Let us bring YOUR VISION to life!

Stan and Jean Synkoski portrait

Stan and Jean Synkoski fell in love with Fort Pierce in 2005. They were on, what was supposed to be, a brief visit away from their residence near Washington D.C. Each kept asking the other when they should return home until the realization hit – they were home. They decided to make their vacation paradise their permanent residence in 2006.

As they would drive back and forth along Orange Avenue, Jean would admire the vacant mission-style building that sat one block west of the newly restored Arcade building and U.S.1. It was obvious the building needed repairs, but Jean saw its potential and when the City of Fort Pierce listed it for sale in 2017, she immediately called for a showing.

The inside was much worse than the outside, but Jean had a vision for the future, so, the decision to buy the building and prepare for its restoration was made. Now, it was Stan’s job to bring that vision to life. The process took 3 years but the end result was “Award Winning”.

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