The historic Venice Post Office at Windward Circle is getting a new tenant: Hollywood producer Joel Silver. On screen, he may veer toward futuristic thrillers and big budget action flicks, but in his personal life, the man behind Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and The Matrix is an architecture buff with a fanboy crush on Frank Lloyd Wright. Though the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to sell the post office was opposed by some in the community, Silver plans to renovate the building and move in both of his companies, Silver Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment, according to Curbed LA.
The building is fenced off and work has already begun. As he moves forward with construction, Silver must follow federal preservation standards and maintain the historic character of the building. Luckily, he has some experience rehabbing notable structures: In 1984, Silver bought and restored the Wright-designed Storer House house in the Hollywood hills.
With the Venice Post Office, the challenge isn’t just the structure itself, which was erected in 1939 under the auspices of the WPA, it’s artist Edward Biberman’s mural “Story of Venice.” Under Silver’s lease agreement, title of the mural remains with the federal government, though Silver can keep it in the same spot as long as the public still has access to it, reports Venice Patch. Negotiations are underway to determine just how much access that will be.
We’re sad to see such a lovely historic building move out of the public domain, but we’re glad it’s in good hands, and we’re looking forward to seeing Biberman’s mural again.