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Town Hall

Comments OffFebruary 13, 2015  ·  in Places  ·  by

The majestic Town Hall is an important heritage building of Kolkata. This majestic and historic structure stands stands witness to some historical gatherings that took place within its walls. The construction of this building was completed in 1814. It is a fine structure built in the Doric style of architecture with steps leading to a grand portico in front. The carriage entrance is at the back under a lofty covered portico. The building is two stoned and was originally used for public meetings, receptions, balls and concerts that generally took place on the upper floor, which is boarded with teak with a thirty feet high ceiling.

The Town Hall has also been one of the most important buildings of the Government since the British era and has nested many Government offices for many years that include the Municipal Magistrate’s Office, Offices of the Municipal Service Commission and the West Bengal Public Service Commission.

After independence, the Town Hall fell in to disuse. A unique step was taken to create a fund for restoration. Through an auction of famous painting and outside support, a trust fund was created. On April 14, 1998, the restored Town Hall was handed over to Kolkata Corporation. On August 15, 1998, the Town Hall was opened to public with an exhibition of paintings.