The city of Beverly Hills petitioned Washington, D.C. for funds to build a post office, but the $85,000 offered by Congress was not enough and the city turned the funds down. After a few more unsuccessful attempts to obtain more money, the Honorary Mayor of Beverly Hills sent a letter of his own to the Secretary of the Treasury, humorously requesting $250,000 for the post office. Rogers' letter prompted a visit from officials in Washington, who decided a post office was necessary for the burgeoning city and $300,000 was designated for the new building.1
Architect Ralph C. Flewelling, who had also designed buildings at the nearby campuses of USC and UCLA, worked in conjunction with Alison & Alison Architects to build the Italian Renaissance Revival style post office on the site where the Pacific Electric Railway station stood. Inside the interior Grand Hall, an artist named Charles Kassler drew eight fresco murals depicting scenes from the Great Depression and the beginnings of the mail service.1 Kessler said at the time of completion he wanted to portray working people returning to a fully functioning society.2 In one lunette titled The Bison Hunt, artists are seen working on another mural at the Los Angeles Public Library.3 The fresco murals, created during President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, were funded by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and is now one of the two remaining frescos from the New Deal period located in the California Federal building system.1
The Beverly Hills Post Office officially opened in 1936. Over the decades, the building became an architectural landmark in the city frequented by famous faces daily. Almost fifty years after the Post Office was dedicated it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. But within a few years, the historic site would be declared surplus property because the postal services outgrew the building and a larger facility was built in a new location. The Beverly Hills Cultural Foundation, a group of local civic and business leaders, came together to protect the landmark structure and assigned it to be used as a culture venue.1
In October 2013, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts opened with a star-studded gala attended by such stars as Robert Redford, Charlize Theron, Gwen Stefani, and Demi Moore. The brainchild of philanthropist Wallis Annenberg, The Wallis consists of the old Post Office and a 500-seat Bram Goldsmith Theater.4 Theater-goers have the opportunity of enjoying both classical and modern performances in one of Beverly Hills' most historic landmark buildings.