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Notes on the Geography of Vietnam: Colonial Hanoi: Photo 15

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Even though their rule was brief, the French had time for their works of monumental architecture to shift from Beaux-Art classicism first to a blended, semi-indigenous style and then toward modernism. We can trace this evolution beginning here, with the residence of the Resident Superior of Tonkin, built in 1911. The style reflects the taste of Anguste-Henri Vildieu, who headed the Service des B√Ętiments Civils de l'Indochine from 1897 to 1906.

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