Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Stately, but ignored?

The State Bank of India's branch office on Mount Road is a magnificent building, probably a century old and looking as stately as its name suggests.

But within Chennai, it is relegated to the status of a poor cousin. The bank's office on Rajaji Salai is a more splendid structure, even older and more historic. Maybe out of a desire to not give credit to many of its buildings, the bank also does not promote this as a heritage building or anything of the sort. It is only when one steps back on Mount Road and looks at this frontage does the beauty of the structure show itself.


3 comments:

Babooshka said...

It is a step back in time.

me said...

That tree hides it slightly, but it does seem to be a fine building. Perhaps in a city that has a multitude of older public buildings, it's easy to overlook those with more subtle charms...

Shantaram said...

@ Babooshka: Oh yes, it still is!

@ me: Public or private, Chennai is very grudging in its recognition of buildings...