RIPON BUILDING– A city of England at Chennai
The Ripon Building is meant to be the Mansion of Chennai Corporation. It is a fully white building built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, which is a synergy of Ionic, Gothic and Corinthian. This aesthetic building’s foundation was laid on 12th December,1909 by the Viceroy and Government General of India.This building was designed by G.T.Harris and was built by Loganatha Mudaliar for a sum of Rs7.5 lacs. It took him four years to build this magnificent building.
The building is rectangular in shape and is 85 metres long and 32 metres wide with a 43 metres central tower containing a clock 2.5 m in diameter. It is a three-storey building, with the Westminster Quarter chiming clock, which is the main attraction of this building.
An extensive renovation was commenced at a sum of Rs.77 million under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission to preserve the building’s splendour in 2012. Hence, an annexe building roughly measuring 12,540 sq m was constructed adjacent to the main building to function all the departments of the Corporation. The annexe building contains an auditorium which has the capacity to seat 500 persons. It was built in a contemporary and post-modern style, to unite with the Indo-Saracenic style of the main building.
BY Justin David