Kanwar Yogendra

The three-storey building is a model of Wild West Gothic structural design

SHIMLA: The more than a century old building of the General Post Office here figures in the set of six commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post in London on Friday. A series of postage stamps showing postal inheritance and legacy are to be released to herald INDIPEX 2011-World Philatelic exhibition to be held in Delhi from next February 12 to 18, according to the postal authorities.

The Shimla GPO building was established in 1883 and is located on the famous Mall here. The site, initially known as ‘Conny Lodge', was purchased from one Mr Peterson in early 1880s. Mr F. Dalton was the first Post Master of Shimla (then Simla) GPO and A.K. Hazari was the first Post Master of Indian origin after Independence.

The old three-storey building built with local timber and stone in old English hill architectural style is a model of Wild West Gothic structural design. It was renovated for the first time in 1972 when a massive fire destroyed many records. It was given a facelift in 1992 when it was declared one of the few heritage post offices in the country.