78-year-old Littleton post office to get face-lift

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LITTLETON, Colo. -- In 1939, just as America was gearing up for war, the United States Post Office opened a new facility just south of Denver -- the downtown Littleton post office.

Soon, the facility was the main conduit for thousands of letters and care packages sent to troops overseas.

In time, the war ended. But the single-floor red brick building continued to serve the city.

But today, the old building looks a little tired.

"We admit there are some things that need to be done with it," said David Rupert, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in Colorado.

Littleton's Historical Preservation Board wants to designate the building as an historical landmark. It said the status could help get much-needed repairs for the building and prevent it from being razed.

"We're not going anywhere," Rupert said. "We love Littleton."

The post office has already been planning to repair the building.

"Regardless of what the designation is, we believe we have a place here and people are going to be proud of the Littleton post office," Rupert said.

Local, state or federal historical status notwithstanding, Rupert said the U.S. Post Office will continue to serve Littleton from the historic building on Prince Street, continuing to make history for years to come.