ROLL THE BONES has been creating boundary-defying immersive work since 2013. Dead Letter No. 9 was born out of a desire to offer people extraordinary spaces that made deeper connection inevitable.

Since the U.S. Postal Service opened in 1775, it has been losing packages. For over 200 years, undeliverable mail was sorted to Dead Letter Offices around the country. Employees in these facilities worked to locate the sender or the intended recipient and return parcels to their rightful owners. When that proved impossible, packages were opened and inspected. Valuables were auctioned or donated; everything else was slated for incineration.

In 1992, the USPS closed the various regional Dead Letter Offices around the country and consolidated into one large facility in Atlanta. Most of these buildings became other commercial spaces but somehow, Dead Letter Office No. 9 was forgotten. After years of sitting empty, new management has taken over the venue and transformed its drab government offices into spaces perfectly suited for intimate, engrossing conversation.

A Dead Letter Office, 1902, The George Grantham Bain Collection