The Old General Post Office

1911, Government 政府建築

19 Des Voeux Road Central (World-Wide House)
香港中環德輔道中19號 (環球大廈現址)

The junction of Queen’s Road Central and Pedder Street, where World-Wide House is currently located, used to be home to the Former General Post Office. Situated at the riverbank at that time, the Post Office was a convenient spot for mail transportation. Subsequent to the northward extension of coastline, the Post Office was relocated to the current site at waterfront in August 1976, so as to accommodate the construction plan of MTR Central Station and create income for the Treasury.

Former General Post Office was an early government compound.. In addition to post-related facilities, the office offered services by different public service departments. The design of this four-storey Edwardian architecture was selected through an open competition, with an aim to construct the best facility in the last century. Materials were chosen meticulously to construct the façade facing the street, tower and the decorative balcony. Unfortunately we can only learn about this public building with old photos and videos now.



文:李培基 (香港註冊建築師)
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