Renovating an old gem: The original 1912 post office

  • Allan Shulman, president of the Miami chapter of the AIA, is taking a big step up in raising the profile of architecture. The chapter is renovating the interior of the original 1912 post office in downtown Miami, a long neglected gem, shown Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, into a center for design and architecture. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Allan Shulman, president of the Miami chapter of the AIA, is taking a big step up in raising the profile of architecture. The chapter is renovating the interior of the original 1912 post office in downtown Miami, a long neglected gem, shown Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, into a center for design and architecture. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • FILE--The original 1912 post office in downtown Miami.

  • FILE-- Interior of the original 1912 post office in downtown Miami. COURTESY OF FISHBAUGH SPA

  • Contractors and workers check out the lighting and last minute detail work that needs to be done on the ground floor of the original 1912 post office in downtown Miami on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The staircase from the first to second floor of the 1912 post office in downtown Miami is shown Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A view of the interiors first floor east side of the 1912 post office in downtown Miami on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A view of the east side entrance of the 1912 post office in downtown Miami on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • This is a view of the east side entrance of the 1912 post office in downtown Miami on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • View looking down the staircase from the second to teh first floor of the 1912 post office in downtown Miami on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • View of the first floor looking east of the 1912 post office in downtown Miami on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Detail work on the elavator door of the 1912 post office in downtown Miami on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Allan Shulman, president of the Miami chapter of the AIA, speaks to Carla Arias's History of Interiors class from the Miami Dade College Wolfson campus that happened to be walking by touring the downtown, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Allan Shulman, president of the Miami chapter of the AIA, speaks to Carla Arias's History of Interiors class from the Miami Dade College Wolfson campus that happened to be walking by touring the downtown, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Wendy Machuca, Felicia Francis, Beth Guiteras, and Miami Dade College instructor of History of Interiors ll, peak into the renovation in progress of the old post office while on tour of downtown Miami on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Allan Shulman, president of the Miami chapter of the AIA, shown Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at the 1912 post office in downtown Miami, is taking a big step up in raising the profile of architecture. The chapter is renovating the interior of the original 1912 post office in downtown Miami, a long neglected gem, into a center for design and architecture. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Allan Shulman, president of the Miami chapter of the AIA, shown Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at the 1912 post office in downtown Miami, is taking a big step up in raising the profile of architecture. The chapter is renovating the interior of the original 1912 post office in downtown Miami, a long neglected gem, into a center for design and architecture. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF