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The imposing structure of the GPO, one of the landmarks in the huge city, is the in the B.B.D. Bagh area (cross section of of Netaji Subhas Road and Koilaghat Street), handling city's inbound and outbound mail and parcels as it happens to be the main central post office of the city. The mammoth white structure with high domed roof (rising over 220 feet) and tall Ionic-Corinthian columns (slender columns, topped by decorative leaves & scrolls) was designed in 1864 by Walter B. Grenville (1819-1874), a
consulting architect to the government of India from 1863 to 1868. The GPO building, it is believed, is a good example of an
unassuming, simple Edwardian architecture that was widely used in Britain from 1901-14. The work was completed 4 years later and handed over to the Postal department. Grenville was a famous architect and he designed the Indian Museum, Calcutta High Court & the University of Calcutta. the latter was destroyed. A Postal Museum, built in 1884 displays a collection of artifacts such as letter boxes & seals, stamps of bygone years, etc. The Philatelic Bureau is located on the southwestern end of the building. The postal department to mark its centenary celebrations in 1967 & 68 issued 40 paise stamps showing the Calcutta GPO. Any person, visiting Kolkata, once the capital of the British Empire, can not miss this majestic building that enhances the beauty of this city winch is replete with innumerable heritage buildings and sites, a legacy of the colonial period. Many of them need regular maintenance and restoration, so that they will be useful to the posterity.
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