Architecture

Domes of heritage

Print edition : September 05, 2014

The Records Tower of the Chepauk Palace on Wallajah Road. In 1870, the architect Robert Chisholm added the tower to link the two palace blocks Humayun Mahal and Khalsa Mahal. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

THe Victoria Public Hall, which was built to honour Queen Victoria on her Golden Jubilee in 1887. It was designed by Chisholm in the Indo-Saracenic style. Photo: K. GAJENDRAN

THe Senate House of the University of Madras, with its ornate domes and splendid stained-glass windows. Photo: B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM

The Great Hall of the Senate House after restoration in 2006. Photo: K. Pichumani

The decoration above the dais in the first floor hall in the southern wing, after renovation. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

The stately Egmore railway station. Photo: V. Ganesan

The iconic Chennai Central railway station. Photo: V. Ganesan

State Bank of India's main branch on Rajaji Salai, which was ravaged by fire on July 13 this year. Photo: B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM

The General Post Office building in Parry’s Corner, a July 1980 photograph. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The Indo-Saracenic architecture of buildings found across Chennai gives it a distinct old-world charm.

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