The Post Office Department on Francis-Garnier Boulevard (currently called Dinh Tien Hoang Street) is one of the buildings that was built quite early since the city began to be planned and expanded by its center of Hoan Kiem Lake area. The first building was designed and built by architect Henri Vildieu in neo-classical style from 1893 to 1899. The front of the building faced Dinh Tien Hoang Street, the side faced Le Thach street today.
Address: 6 Dinh Le, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Architects: Henri Cérutti- Maori
In 1942 a projected complex along Francis-Garnier Boulevard, including the Post Office Department (new) and the Chamber of Commerce, was constructed, designed by architect Henri Cérutti-Maori.
The Chamber of Commerce was completed first, at the corner of Francis-Garnier Boulevard and Fourès Street (now known as Dinh Le Street).
The entrance was protected by high columns forming a curve with the emphasis being on convex stairs, glass blocks separated into cells with concrete, ambitious round doorways. It almost became Cérutti’s most opportune colonial work at that time: Clear functionality, clear lines, and brightly colored cubes, which reflected both the overall design and the facade.
With more or less reference and application of indigenous cultural characteristics, the building is still an early representative of colonial architecture that has caught up with the modern international movement. It represents a sort of break of Hébrard (1) style, and at least, in the form of works, this is one of the initial steps when Hanoi architecture gradually moved to the stage of Soviet-inspired monuments.
Due to many political events, the projected complex was interrupted, the building was transferred to the Post Office Department.
Today, it is used as a trading post of Hanoi International Post Office, or International Post Office.
(1) Ernest Hébrard (1875 – 1933) is a French architect, archaeologist and urban planner. He was the Chief of the French Indochina Architecture and Planning Department in the period 1923-1931. Hébrard is also considered the pioneer of Indochinese architectural style.
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