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Newport Post Office

The former Newport Post Office was a former post office in Newport, Kentucky. It was renovated into the Washington Grand, a ballroom and event center.

The Newport post office at Washington Avenue and East 8th Street was dedicated on February 1, 1901, and replaced an earlier wood-frame structure.

It was relocated to another location in 1969 and the circa 1901 structure was renovated to serve as administrative offices for the Newport Independent School District. 1 The renovation entailed the addition of a floor in between the first and second levels and covering over the windows with concrete. The school district relocated its administrative offices in 2014.

The vacant structure was acquired by Gene Martin for $250,000 who had planned on renovating the structure into The Washington Grand, a ballroom dance studio and reception hall on a restored first floor, and a private residence on the second floor. 1 Design work was completed by WORK Architecture + Design.



  1. Wartman, Scott. “Builder envisions dance studio in historic Newport building.” Cincinnati Enquirer, 17 Jul. 2015.

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