Ripon Building & Victoria Hall Madras, Old Photo 1930

Old 1930 photo showing the Ripon Building and Victoria Hall Madras, now Chennai. Ripon Building houses the Corporation of Chennai. Completed in 1913 the building with its clock tower was named after Lord Ripon the then Viceroy of India (1880-1884). Designed by G.T.S Harris it had a neoclassical style of architecture. The Westminster Chiming Clock was very appealing, a mechanical clock that would be wound daily.

Shown on the right is the Victoria Public Hall, completed in 1890 in honor of Queen Victoria. Designed by the acclaimed architect Robert Chisholm in the Indo-Saracenic style. He also designed the General Post Office, in Chennai in 1890. And of some interest is the iconic Electric Tram shown in the foreground. That was once the charm of a bygone era Chennai from 1895 to 1953. Click on the photo for better view.

See also General Post Office Building In Chennai – Old Photo 1890., and Electric Tram & Madras Central Railway Station – Old Photo.

Did you know- the Victoria Public Hall hosted eminent personalities including Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, and Sardar Vallabhai Patel.  

From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#16).,  Vintage Postcard 1910 – Greenways Road, Adyar.,  Antique Print The Royal Visit To India Bombay.,  Old Postcard – Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Toy Train 1900

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.



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