Back in June, Joel Silver inked a 12-film distribution deal with Universal Pictures a month after he ended his 25-year relationship at Warner Bros. At the time, we told you the Matrix and Sherlock Holmes producer made a pitch to the Venice Neighborhood Council to purchase the 1939-built U.S. Post Office on Windward Circle. Now that deal has been completed, with the facility to become the new home of Silver Pictures once restoration and renovations are completed sometime in 2014. The building was constructed as part of the Federal Works Progress Administration and is the latest historical structure purchased by Silver, who bought the Frank Lloyd Wright-built Storer House. “As a longtime preservationist of architecture, I’m thrilled to move forward with the restoration and renovation of the former Venice Post Office,” said Silver. “While we are still in the very early stages of the process, I am committed to the rehabilitation of the building and its unique WPA features and the restoration of the treasured Edward Biberman ‘Story of Venice’ mural. I am also committed to being a good neighbor in the Venice community, whether through providing public access to the space or in developing programs for the community related to film, art and architecture.”
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