Back Society » Development » City Authorities Agree to Save Elements of Saigon’s Tax Center

City Authorities Agree to Save Elements of Saigon’s Tax Center

While there’s no saving the Tax Center which will soon be demolished to make way for a new 40-story tower, elements of the 90-year-old building will be preserved, according to city officials.

Related Articles:

Say Goodbye To Saigon's Tax Center

Officials Call For Preservation Of Tax Center Interior

Authorities Debate Whether To Save One Of Saigon’s Oldest Buildings

Earlier this week, the Ho Chi Minh City mayor's office approved a proposal by the city's Architecture Department which calls for of the preservation of the main lobby, the grand staircase and bronze railings as well as the tiled lobby mosaic,” reports Thanh Nien.

The Tax Center's grand staircase.

A detailed view of the Tax Center's lobby mosaic.

In addition, the developer will work with the Ministry of Culture and Sports to incorporate elements of the historic building’s façade such as its ornate overhangs and “other parts of the building that would increase its architectural value.”

When plans to demolish the Tax Center were made public earlier this year, 2 petitions began to circulate, one led by Phung Anh Tuan, the honorary Finnish consul general in HCMC which received signatures from more than 300 architects, researchers, and students. The other, an online petition, collected over 3,500 signatures.

The current building, originally named the Grands Magasins Charner, opened in 1924 and quickly became “the place to shop in Saigon,” according to Saigon historian Tim Doling who provides an excellent historical account of the building’s history on his blog, Historic Vietnam.

According to Doling’s piece, “The 1937 Guide touristique général de l’Indochine described the Grands Magasins as ‘the best stocked store in Indochina, with the widest choice, incomparable price and all of the facilities one would find in a Paris department store.’ ”

Hopefully, this signals the beginning of a broader appreciation for the historical value of Saigon’s old buildings on the part of city authorities.

Related Articles

in Saigon

The Saigon Tax Trade Center Mosaic Staircase: A Forgotten Moroccan Masterpiece

When the Hồ Chí Minh City authorities announced in 2014 that the Saigon Tax Trade Centre was to be demolished and replaced with a 43-storey tower block, many voices were raised in opposition to the de...

in Development

Da Lat Forges Ahead on 10-Story Hotel Atop Governor's Palace Hill

The ten-story luxury complex proposed to replace the historic Dinh Tỉnh Trưởng (Provincial Governor's Palace) will include hotels, conference halls, commercial areas, restaurants and botanical gardens...

in Development

Huge Tourism Complex Featuring Lotus-Shaped Island Proposed for Phú Quốc

The most notable feature of Selavia, an "all-in-one" tourist destination, is a 180-hectare artificial island shaped like a lotus that will stretch into Phú Quốc's Đầm Bay and contain villas, boat...

in Development

Hyatt Announces 69-Story Skyscraper in D7 Housing 2 Hotels

At 69 floors, the proposed Park Hyatt hotel tower will be one floor higher than Bitexco; but will it look like a shampoo bottle too?

in Development

Plans to Build Hotel Complex on Da Lat's Đồi Dinh Opposed by Experts

Da Lat authorities are moving forward with a master plan to redesign the city’s central area, but the project has been controversial from the start.

in Vietnam

'Engaging With Vietnam' Conference Ruminates on Heritage in Huế

“Living with Heritage, (Re)Creating Heritage: Vietnam and the World” is the title of the 14th Engaging with Vietnam conference, a series of activities including academic panel discussions, keynote tal...

Partner Content