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THE historic Maylands Post Office on Whatley Crescent may soon have a new life as a small bar.

Bayswater council’s planning and services committee is due this week to vote on an application by architect Nori-Lynn Munoz to turn the building into an upmarket bar offering international wines and local boutique beers, with staff recommending it be approved.

The State Heritage Office has given the proposal a big tick, saying it would give more people the opportunity to visit the long-vacant post office.

• Maylands Post Office.

The SHO applauded plans to remove some internal partitions and a portion of a mezzanine addition, saying it would “uncover the original features including the double hung sash windows, which will provide a positive outcome”.

Other elements of the Federation classic style are to be retained, including the front door, fireplace, timber floorboards and skirtings.

The Maylands Post Office was constructed in 1910 in response to the rapid growth of the suburb (and because the previous post office was in a rented building which got condemned, causing a minor furore in state parliament).

It continued to operate until the 1980s, when the move towards malls dragged shoppers away from main streets. It was ultimately sold to an antiques dealer in 1988. It’s owner is now listed as Maria Havilah.

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