The Senate House is the administrative centre of the University of Madras in Chennai, India. It is situated in Wallajah Road, along Marina Beach. Constructed by Robert Chisholm between 1874 and 1879, the Senate building is considered to be one of the best and oldest examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture in India.Plan your Senate House visit and explore what else you can see and do in Chennai using our Chennai day trip planner.
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 built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, incorporates many elements of the Byzantine style. The great hall of the Senate House is of immense height and proportions and considered to be the finest of its kind in India.
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Senate House has a very beautiful architecture. This place is very well maintained by the management . This building is very old building.Must visit place in Chennai . more »
Gostei da arquitetura da Senate House, que era centro administrativo da Universidade de Madras, construída no tempo da ocupação britânica. Achei a arquitetura diferente, bonita, a cor vermelha ou marr... more »I like the architecture of the Senate House, which was the administrative center of the University of Madras, built at the time of the British occupation. I thought the different architecture, beautiful, red or brown color and striking the towers generating a visual impact and standing out. I thought the building highlighted in relation to others at the University. As I just saw outside, I don't know if it was permitted the entry of tourists. Access is easy, because it was on the edge, in front of memorials of Anna and MGR
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