Ripon Building in Chennai

Visit official seat of the Chennai Corporation, the Ripon building

Visit official seat of the Chennai Corporation, the Ripon building | Photo credit: PlaneMad/wikimedia

Ripon Building Overview

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Built in the year 1913, the Ripon Building is the official seat of the Chennai Corporation and is painted white as a representation of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Situated close to the Chennai Railway Station, it was constructed by Loganatha Mudaliar and was named after Lord Ripon who was the then Governor General of British India.

This royal building is rectangular in shape with a 43 meters tower that has a 2.5 meter clock. Also known as Westminster Chiming Clock, this has been the main attraction of the building ever since it was built. It has a mechanical key system that is checked every day.

Apart from that, four bells also form a part of the building. Structured as three-storey, the flooring of the ground floor was initially done by Cuddapah Slate and later replaced by marble. The building is presently under renovation and entry is restricted till that completes.

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Sydenhams Road, Periyamet, Chennai