One of the ancient buildings that attract attention is the Post Office Building at Fatahillah Park.
The post office building is located at Jalan Taman Fatahillah No. 3 Pinangsia Village, District Taman Sari, West Jakarta, Jakarta Province. The location of this museum is located in the northeast Fatahillah Park or is in the northwest of Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics.
The post office building was designed by Ir. R. Baumgartner, an architect of Bouwkundig Bureau in the Department van Burgerlijke Openbare Werken (Public Works Department), and the construction was done by the construction bureau N.V. Aanneming Nederlandsche Maatschappij (Nedam) in 1928.
From its inception, this building was used as a post office (post en telegraafkantoor). The postal service at the time of the Dutch East Indies is still an important role in terms of information and communication. Therefore, the post office building was built in front of City Hall of the Netherlands East Indies Government (Stadhuis) in Batavia so that the flow of information can be received quickly.
This Art Deco building has a natural air circulation due to many vertical windows contained in the building. In addition, to maximize the exposure of sunlight that penetrates the room in the building.
The post office has two floors. Floor 1 is still to serve the postal services, while the second floor was used by the Department of Traffic and Highways, but now has been used as a contemporary art (contemporary art space) Galeria named Fatahillah.
History of Batavia Post Office
Batavia Post Office was established in Batavia (now Jakarta) by a Dutch Governor General GW Baron Van Imhoff dated 08.26.1746.
Originally the Post Office was established by the Dutch government in Batavia for the purpose of serving the letter mail delivery from the Batavia people and trading activity for those who are outside of Java and also for those who are coming from and going to the Netherlands.
After the Post Office in the city of Batavia was established then it means that’s when public services such as postal services performed, and subsequent development was the establishment of the Post Office in the city of Semarang which serves for transportation between the city of Batavia and Semarang where at the time the trip heading through travel route Semarang, Pekalongan, Cirebon, Karawang and Batavia.