Sitting next to The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is less known The Old General Post Ofice Building. The building is less known because people generally thought that it was part of The Sultan Abdul Samad Building but it is actually not!
The Old General Post Office was designed by architect AB Hubback in 1896, constructed in 1904, but due to the contractor facing financial difficulties, the building was only completed in 1907. An arch walkway connects it to the Sultan Abdul Samad Building down the road. This walkway was only added much later in the modern days. The style of both buildings are so similar because it was designed by the same architect A.B. Hubback. AB Hubback contributed to the design of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building only partially though.
The Old General Post Office Building has wide arcaded verandahs of ogee arches, a style repeated in other heritage buildings in the vicinity. The central leaf design pediment is framed by pinnacles. On both ends of the building are multi-sided towers housing the staircases. Its architectural style was also significantly inspired by Mughal-eclectic architecture or better known as Indo-Saracenic architecture but its design was adapted to the local weather condition of Malaysia which is hot and humid. This building is the only example of Mughal architectural structure in Malaysia without domes.
The Kuala Lumpur General Post Office was housed here until 1984, when it moved to the present General Post Office building at the Dayabumi Complex. Today the building houses part of the Ministry of Information Communication & Culture office.