In June, the de-construction began, as shown in this picture shared with us by Garry Adams of Australia. A much LARGER version is also available.
We'll try to keep up to speed with the re-construction and the ultimate new housing for Embassy staff in Saigon, Vietnam.
UPDATE May 10, 1999:
The site has been cleared but little can be seen through the gates which are now covered by sheets of tin to stop anyone viewing the area. There is a much smaller building being built in one corner but only the roof is visible. From a brief glimpse, before I was asked to leave, I saw that the rest of the site is still covered by a bit of rubble so there has not been much progression at all since last visit.
For anyone interested, I did find the original US Embassy building in Saigon that was used until the security threat became too great and they moved to the site of this current rebuild.
So it looks like we're on line for a July 4th opening of the rebuilt Consultate Building. Regarding the MISSING PLAQUE, I've still heard nothing.