A building of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee head office has been recognized as a national architectural relic as per a decision signed by Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
The main block of the edifice dates back to the early 19th century, excluding the newly-constructed block that was developed on an area of a former condo building on Dong Khoi Street in District 1, according to the decision issued on Wednesday last week.
The City Hall is among the old architectural structures built during the French colonial period from 1898 to 1909, which was also called Hôtel de Ville in French or ‘Dinh Xa Tay’ in Vietnamese.
Before 1975, the building was named Saigon City Hall and served as the offices of the municipal administration at the time.
From 1975 until today, the building has served as the workplace of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, which is located on 86 Le Thanh Ton, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.
According to documents, the City Hall was designed by French architect Femand Gardè, who imitated the design of the Paris City Hall (Hôtel de Ville) with bell towers that were a popular architectural feature in northern France.
The structure is a combination of many European styles of architecture like Renaissance, Baroque, and late Baroque (or Rococo), and Art Nouveau.
Here are some photos of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee head office:
|The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee head office at night. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre|
|A corner inside the first floor’s corridor of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee head office. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre|
|A staircase at the heart of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee head office. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre|