SEASIDE - The iconic Seaside post office sustained minor damage to its columns and base when it was dropped during its relocation on Monday.
The building was scheduled to be moved around 11:30 a.m. — until it fell about 3 to 4 feet while being hoisted from its original foundation. The move was delayed until about 3 p.m.
Its new location is less than a block from its original road-side spot at 99 Central Square. It now sits between local shops The Art of Simple and Sundog Books/Central Square Records.
Pat Day, who said she is approaching her 33rd year as postmaster, said the office is one of the most photographed post offices in the country. Its relocation has been in the works since Seaside founder Robert Davis began developing the community.
The 33-year-old post office will be replaced by a tower called Krier Tower, which Kevin Doyle, Seaside director of events, said is named after the world-renowned architect Leon Krier.
"(The Krier Tower) would be a civic landmark, kind of the icing on the cake of the design of Seaside," Doyle said.
Day said she feels great about the post office's relocation, and that Krier Tower, which will be built in a couple years, will solidify Seaside's rich history.
"We knew that the Krier Tower was going to be built into the future," Day said. "That would be one of the last things put up once the town center pretty much got built out."
Ducky Johnson House Movers oversaw the post office move. In April, the Marianna-based business moved the Gulfview Hotel — a much larger building than the Seaside post office — a quarter-mile in Fort Walton Beach to its current location at 115 Miracle Strip Parkway S.E. A contractor who was helping that move died four days later as a result of injuries sustained when he fell from a bucket truck.