I happened to come across a lovely example of adaptive reuse of a classic post office building that we B'gamers can only dream about. The Willis Annenberg Center's website is here. It notes on the About page that
This new venue transforms a Beverly Hills city block, facing Santa Monica Boulevard, between Crescent and Canon Drives, into a vibrant new cultural destination with two distinct, elegant buildings: the historic 1933 Italianate-style Beverly Hills Post Office and the new, contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Goldsmith Theater.
Together these two structures embrace the city’s history and future, creating a new cultural landmark. Within the treasured Post Office, existing spaces are re-imagined into the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, a theater school for young people (opening in 2014), a café and gift shop.
The problem is that with an exclusive negotiating agreement in place, something truly transformational for downtown is, well, excluded.