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2.3. GTZ "EIGENMASSNAHME"
The Bonshoe House: Bonshoe House, built around 1940, was so well-regarded in the city that when the parents of the 14th Dalai Lama came to Lhasa and were ennobled, the residence government built for them was modeled on Bonshoe. Bonshoe was also one of the first construction projects of THF master builder Migmar-la, who joined the stone masons as an apprentice. Unfortunately, Bonshoe was also one of several sites in 1999 which partially collapsed during the heavy summer rains. When THF was alerted by the Housing Department, German architect Beate Heyne developed a new frame work for the in-depth study and documentation of Bonshoe. Master Migmar-la and his master student, Loya, rebuilt the damaged walls and roof in traditional style. Total costs: US$3,314.
The Old Post Office: established in the 1920s, the former Lhasa GPO (General Post Office) today houses several families, despite a collapse of the eastern wing some time ago. Half a century ago, arriving mail for Lhasa was distributed from here, and outward going letters and telegrammes were accepted. During a routine visit, THF discovered that wood-eating beetles had severely weakened the wooden ceiling between the ground and the upper floor to the point of impending collapse. Since the upper floor was inhabited, THF requested the Tengyeling Neighbourhood Committee Office to evacuate the building. After survey and planning work from THF, the work will be carried out in cooperation with Lhasa Cultural Relics Office. The Lhasa Number One Construction Company, which did the government restoration of Mindrochang House, has begun work on the Post Office under direct supervision by THF. US$14,448 have been spent so far.
Survey and planning work for all these projects amounted to $9,054. A handbook about the historic buildings located in the central Barkor area, in Chinese, Tibetan and English plus a new survey map of this area (soon to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site) was printed and distributed among Barkor residents and city officials, both as important documentation of the oldest part of Lhasa, and as part of an awareness campaign, with $6,500 GTZ funds (see chapter 8). Freshly-cut wood was bought for $10,065 and put in storage to season, to be used in 2000.