Metropolitan Building, Esplanade, Calcutta

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    On the eastern side of Esplanade stands a spectacular building in Baroque style, complete with domes, pediments, balconies & clock tower. Known as the Metropolitan Building it once housed Calcutta's (Kolkata's) leading departmental stores and was known as the Whiteway Laidlaw Building.

    Repaired recently the Metropolitan Building still stands as an important landmark overlooking the crowded Chowringhee. Today the ground floor is occupied by the Central Cottage Industry Showroom and the Big Bazar, whose innumerable red & blue banners have robbed the Metropolitan Building of its beauty & grace. The upper floors are occupied by innumerable tenants residing in box like quarters.

    This photo, converted into black & whit shows the Metropolitan Building (Whiteway Laidlaw Building) with its towering clock tower.

    For more information about the Metropolitan Building, Calcutta (Kolkata) visit my Blog

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    5. Wardie44B 40 months ago | reply

      Quite a magnificent building, Rangan Datta! Thanks for telling us its story.

      My late father was a maritime man early last century and we have photos that he took of similar-looking buildings in either India or Ceylon (as it was then).

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