CHENNAI: Ripon building, today the seat of Corporation of Chennai, has been towering over the city for over a 100 years now. Constructed in the heart of the city in the year 1913, the building is a fine example of Colonial architecture which has borrowed from Indo-Saracenic, Indian and European architectural styles.

The authorities initiated its renovation efforts a few years back after sighting minor cracks and witnessing a few ornamental pieces falling off.

Before the commencement of works in 2012, three expert committees consisting of members from Mumbai based consultancy agency Vastu Veda, ASI, Anna university, IIT- Madras and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) were formed to help with the supervisory works and expert advice.

“Ripon building is a fine specimen of heritage architecture, so it should be maintained as it was before. That is what restoration aims to do,” says S Suresh, state convenor of INTACH.

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