The General Post Office, can be described as a “modern classical” building, located at the intersection of Raj Bhavan Road and Ambedkar Veedhi. The GPO building complements the neighbouring Vidhana Soudha.
The Government had taken a decision way back in 1964, to construct a 24-storeyed building to replace the old residency post office building, to meet the increasing needs of the postal network in Bangalore. However, to fall in line with the Urban Arts Commission’s instructions, this decision was changed and a seven storeyed building was planned.
The new GPO building has been built on the land where the old Residency building served for over 117 years, and was pulled down in 1979. Built at a cost of Rs 3.5 crore, it has a plinth area of 1.2 lakh sq ft and can house 1,000 employees. The imposing podium of the building has a 40-foot tall granite pillar and a sweeping set of evenly grained steps. The overall height of the building is 120 feet. The building is imposing in classical design. The facade is adorned with fine-tooled, tall granite pillars and stone masonry. Nearly 200 hand-picked stone cutters, experienced in traditional temple architecture, came from the southern states to shape the building in 1982. The stones were quarried near Doddaballapur from where 300 loads of stones were brought to be cut and carved in Hoysala tradition.The GPO was inaugurated by Rajiv Gandhi on November 14, 1985.Technorati Tags: GPO