Kurusapa Printing House/Wat Sangwech Typing School - September 10, 2004
to raze printing school site sparks
row - The Nation, September
...The project has been unable to proceed because the Fine Arts Department listed the printing house as an historical building in 2000. The Rattanakosin Committee needs a cabinet resolution to de-list the building.
Historical buildings should be older than 100 years, have an important historical background or meet the fine art standard, said Adul Wichierncharoen, a member of the committee.
But the building is only an old wooden edifice that was built in 1932. Its unpleasant appearance just improved recently when the Treasury Department, which is responsible for the plot, repainted it, he said, adding that demolishing the building would improve the scenery around Phra Sumane Fort.
The two-storey wooden building was first used as Wat Sungwejs printing school, Thailands first school of printing, before being changed into the Kurusapa printing house in 1950 and being used as a Kurusapa warehouse from 1973 to 1995.
The building has a very significant history. It was the first printing school. It is an example of the old wooden architecture. I dont understand why the committee cannot see that, said Orasri Silpi, an area resident and president of Bang Lamphu Civic Net.
She said the building contained too much historical value to be demolished just for an open public park...
Deputy Prime Minister Chaturon Chaisaeng has opposed a proposal of the Ratanakosin and Old City committee to demolish the old Kurusapa printing house in Ta Pra Arthit area.
As chairman of the committee, Mr Chaturon said that he disagreed with the plan to tear down the 72-year-old historical building and turn the plot into a small public park...
The Rattanakosin committee has wanted to knock down the old printing house since 1999, claiming its architecture and structure was inconsistent with those of the nearby historical Phra Sumane Fort and the city wall...