The Fullerton Conversations: The General Post Office Connection
Join General Manager of The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale as he traces the history of the Fullerton Building, from its time as Mile Zero—literally the centre of the island—to its place at the heart of Singapore politics with the Fullerton Rallies, and how that General Post Office connection has survived till today.
What was your first impression of the Fullerton Building?
When I first took on my posting and arrived in Singapore more than 10 years ago, I was amazed by the rich history of the Fullerton Building, and I am still learning more about it every single day.
What are some interesting stories about the Fullerton Building that most people don’t know about?
Many people know that the Fullerton Building was once home to the nation’s General Post Office (GPO), but many don’t know that there has been a post office on this very site since 1873! The Fullerton Building that people see today was only built in 1928, and it was the largest building ever built in Singapore then, quickly becoming the centre of Singapore’s commercial, social and official life.
The Fullerton Building is also located at what used to be Singapore’s “Mile Zero”—the point from which all road distances were measured before postal codes were introduced. That makes the Fullerton Building the centre of Singapore. It also housed many government offices such as the Inland Revenue Department and Marine Department, and was where the Fullerton Rallies first took place out on Fullerton Square.
In many ways, the Fullerton Building is also at the centre of the Singapore Story. It is where stories that propelled Singapore to first-world status were created and where leaders made decisions that steered the course of the nation.
How do you share the rich history of the Fullerton Building with guests at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore?
The General Post Office vacated the Fullerton Building’s premises on 24 March 1996, but you will find many references to its GPO history around the hotel.
The Post Bar, for example, which was once the transaction hall of the GPO where letters were sorted and processed, is now a bar and a private event space where guests can enjoy our signature Merlion cocktail.
Those passing through the doors of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore can also pen a postcard and mail it home to their family and loved ones through the iconic red postal pillar boxes in the hotel, complete with a special post mark featuring the façade of The Fullerton Hotel!