Senate House Chennai
Senate House Chennai is certainly one worth watching monument in Tamil Nadu. It is located on the campus of the University of Madras, near the Marina beach. It's really an architectural marvel, built under the supervision of one of the greatest architects of the 19th century, Robert Fellows Chisholm. The base of this monument was created in 1869 and was completed by year's 1873rd Senate House was once the hallmark of the ancient city of Madras. Its structure is a creative and harmonious blend of Indo-Saracenic style with Byzantine architectural features. The central area of the chamber is enormous in extent and is supported by six stone pillars on either side of a mammoth. The building is surrounded by four towers sprouting, flanked by exquisite domes, painted in different colors.
History of Chennai Senate House
Robert Chisholm was a 19th century British architect who is considered to be one of the pioneers of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Initially designing buildings using the Renaissance and Gothic styles of architecture, Chisholm switched over to Indo-Saracenic with the construction of the PWD buildings of the Chepauk Palace in 1871.
In 1864, the Madras government gave an advertisement inviting designs for the Senate House building. Chisholm's design was eventually approved and the building was constructed between April 1874 and 1879. A saluting battery was present at the site prior to the construction of the Senate House. Prior to the construction of the Senate House, university convocations were held at Banqueting Hall (now Rajaji Hall). During July 14-December 21, 1937 the legislature of the Madras Presidency met at the senate house.
The Senate House Chennai
Completed in the year of 1873, in the university campus. It displays a unique blend of Indo Saracenic style of architecture.
Information about the Senate House
The Senate house has a central hall with corridors on the ground floor. The corridors stand on six massive pillars standing on either side. Also the four sky touching towers standing at each of the corners of the building gives it a dazzling look. The six porches, two on the eastern and western sides of the building and one each on the northern and southern side of the building further lend the structure a vintage look. There also are three segmental arch openings in each porch in the east, west and south of the porch. The roof is made of brick shell with lime mortar.
The senate house has a convocation hall, beautiful porticos, a parapet that surrounds these porticos, halls for meetings, a library etc. It had offices of the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar and the university departments of study and research earlier. The site has been ruled for almost 125 years by the senate house and it has been the venue of many functions and convocations were held in the central hall till 1965; later the venue was shifted to Centenary Convocation Auditorium. It was used for meetings of the senate, syndicate and academic departments of the university. The venue was a convention centre too, in the past, when there were not many modern facilities available. It also housed administrative offices of the University. The meetings of the senate, academic council and of the faculties were held in some of the smaller halls.
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