Sunday, November 27, 2011

An Improvement on Post Office Square.

This site on the corner of Streets 102 and 13 previously had a very unremarkable and plain looking building on it. The only reason I had a picture of it at all was because a friend visiting in 2006 took a picture of the two Jeeps in front of it. The cars are still around, often parked in the same area, but the building was demolished a year or two back.
The new building that has replaced it is neo-colonial style, and could be better. One feature that stands out particularly are the curved concrete protrusions above the windows which are a little ugly in my opinion. However, it is certainly an improvement, and more in keeping with the look of the other older buildings around the square. It seems like the architects have tried to replicate most of the features of the old Post Office building opposite.


teleportaasi said...

Are there any old pictures available of the post office and the square in front of it?

phnompenhpast said...

There are plenty of pictures of the post office, for example here:

Where it's called Hotel Des Postes, so I'm not sure if it was originally a hotel?

Here's another:

Anonymous said...

Yes, the Hotel des Postes was originally a hotel. It's had several names over time. Andre Malraux was kept here more or less under house arrest after being picked up for pilfering statues from Angkor.