Town Hall, Coimbatore

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Town Hall, Coimbatore
Town Hall Coimbatore.jpg
Coimbatore Town Hall in 2008
Alternative namesVictoria Town Hall
General information
TypeTown hall
Architectural styleNeoclassical architecture
LocationCoimbatore
Tamilnadu
India
AddressBazaar Street, Coimbatore
Karnataka
Completed1892
Renovated1992
CostRs. 10,000 (in 1892)
Renovation cost15 lakh (in 1992)
OwnerCoimbatore Municipal Corporation
Technical details
Floor count2
Floor area6,000 sq.ft

Coimbatore Town Hall is a neoclassical municipal building in Coimbatore, India. The town hall was built in 1892[1] in honour of Queen Victoria. It was funded by the municipality and philanthropic citizens. The building has been used for municipal corporation meetings, public meetings and protests and civic receptions.

Construction[edit]

Construction funding was raised from various sources. Social activist and journalist S. P. Narasimhalu Naidu donated Rs. 1,000 in 1887.[2] He played in a key role in mobilising funds from the public. The municipal corporation contributed Rs. 3,000.[1]

Construction was completed in 1892 at a cost of Rs. 10,000.[3]

Architecture[edit]

The building is built in neo-classical style on half an acre. The building has a 6000 sq. ft area. The roof is constructed using red Mangalore tiles made of hard laterite clay. This roof style is typical of most British Raj buildings. The tiled roof is supported by solid timber roof trusses.

The building, painted in white, has two floors. Its walls are made of stone and lime mortar. Three sides of the building have corridors with low roofs. The corridors have borders with Tuscan style stumpy columns. The windows have grills with wooden paneled shutters.

The facade of entrance porch has three Gothic arches and is topped with a balcony. The sides of the porch have a large arch. The foyer leads to a large assembly hall which has an area of 3000 sq. ft. The mezzanine floor serves as an overlooking visitors' gallery for meetings.

History[edit]

The hall years hosted numerous civic receptions for visiting dignitaries including Mahatma Gandhi and C. Rajagopalachari.[1]

The District Central library was inaugurated at the Town Hall building in 1952.[4] The library functioned on the mezzanine floor between 1952 and 1956 before it moved to another building in VOC park.

Over time the building became neglected and dilapidated.

A government order was issued for the demolition of the building in 1992.[1] A group of activists and INTACH came together to garner support for saving it. The campaign was eventually successful and the corporation agreed to renovate the building. The renovation was done the same year at an estimated cost of Rs 1,500,000.[1]

The building hosts regular meetings of the Coimbatore Municipal Corporation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e M. Preetha, Soundariya (28 January 2012). "Victoria Town Hall stands tall after restoration". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  2. ^ G, Satyamurty (4 January 2009). "A reformer journalist". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  3. ^ "A man who made this city his own". The Hindu. 6 August 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  4. ^ "History". TN Government Website. Retrieved 14 December 2018.