In 1958 Rhode Island Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield ordered construction of the First
The Providence Post Office was designed with the latest electronic and mechanical devices of the time to automatically move more than a million pieces of mail daily with a speed and efficiency never before achieved. It became known as the "Turnkey Post Office".
This First Fully Automated Post Office of the United States was dedicated October 20, 1960 by the Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield. Dwight D. Eisenhower was President of the United States.