Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The People’s
Committee of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue has announced a plan to
preserve French-style architecture works.
The works include 11 State-managed
architectures in Hue ancient city such as Hue University, Hue Station, Hue
Culture Museum and Diem Phung Thi Art Gallery; and 16 others owned by
organisations and households.
French-style architecture in Hue is part of the rich
architectural history of the former
imperial capital city.
The Hue Culture Museum at No. 25 Le Loi street was built in the style of ancient
French architecture. It comprises one two-storey working building and another
one with three floors. The brick-wall buildings share the same stairs.
Hue Youth Culture Centre, which was L’Accueil
formerly, was built in 1939. It is typical of the architecture style of
exploitation and application of factors like weather, climate and indigenous
In recent years, a series of French-style architecture works in Hue have been
demolished, including Chaffanjon Shop in Hanoi street, Dong Duong Bank and villas
along Ly Thuong Kiet street.
According to a survey made by specialised agencies, in 2000, Hue city had about
240 architectural works from the French colonial time, but this number has significantly decreased.
The buildings are part of
the architectural history of the city, but few have maintained their original
architecture due to changes in construction trends.
Many old architectural works were taken down due to their age, though some have
Hoang Hai Minh, Director of the provincial Department of Construction, said
the selection of 27 French-style
architectural works for preservation is based on criteria related to architectural
and artistic value, historical value, current status, assessment of safety for continued
use and appropriation of landscape and approved planning.
Therefore, more works will be added to the list in the future, Minh