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Seaside Post Office 30 Year Dedication Ceremony Oct 23

Discussion in 'Events and Activities' started by Teresa, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    The community is invited to a dedication ceremony to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Seaside Post Office on Friday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m. in front of the Seaside Post Office on Scenic 30A in the heart of South Walton, Florida.

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    Just over 30 years ago, the Seaside Post Office was established in what was to become a bustling town center to offer a sense of place and lend credibility in the Seaside community. Seaside founder Robert Davis’ aim was to create the perception that the community was real at a time when Seaside and surrounding communities were just beginning to emerge.

    At the 30th anniversary, it has become one of the most distinctive structures in South Walton, arguably one of the most photographed post offices in the world and has become an important civic and social element for Seaside and surrounding communities. Its services are nearly the same as its parent post office in Santa Rosa Beach.

    Davis designed the post office with the help of Robert Lamar, an interior designer from Pensacola, and the American Vignola and the Builders Companion, two of a number of handbooks and manual of the 19th and 20th centuries that were used by carpenters and masons to build competent classical buildings. Master carpenter Terry Londeree built the post office and it was the second civic building to be built in Seaside. “It did seem to me that having a post office would be an important symbolic element in establishing Seaside as a town,” Davis said.

    Pat Day, post mistress for almost 30 years, said that Davis’ aim to give the town a common gathering place in the form of a post office is part of Seaside’s charm. “His good vision has come to fruition.”

    The Seaside Post Office has already begun celebrating the 30th anniversary by offering a commemorative stamp featuring the iconic building. Likely to become a collectors’ item, a sheet of 20 stamps is available for $35 plus tax and a half sheet of 10 stamps is available for $20 plus tax.

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