Monday, September 21, 2009

Mint Street Architecture

The architecture on Mint Street and neighboring streets in Georgetown is an eclectic mixture of styles, some of which dates back to colonial times. Nestled in between two ordinary (and rather dingy) buildings was this beauty, with some stylistic similarities to the Senate House and other Indo-Saracenic buildings of Chennai. It would be great to see this one getting a restoration job such as the Senate House. Perhaps that is what these guys on the balcony are doing.
Chennai needs to do more in preserving its architectural past. This booming city is tearing down "old" buildings and single dwellings, putting up multi-storeyed structures in its place. Nothing with this sort of charm.

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