Writers' Building, Kolkata (Calcutta)

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  • This is a built occuping a vast area on one of the main streets of Kolkata. We didn't go inside but just had a panoramic view from across the road,.  more »
  • Its a huge building, use to be the State Secretariat. Now its under renovation to bring its old glory back.The grand structure and its design attracts everyone. although going inside the building is n...  more »
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  • The Writers’ Building in Kolkataattracts thousands of tourists from across the world, drawn to its stunning architecture and design. However, the colonial-era building has a history that’s just as interesting. While today the Writers’ (as it’s also known) houses the State Government of West Bengal, it has served multiple functions over the past centuries. Built in 1777, the Writers’ Building was meant to accommodate junior servants, or ‘writers’ as they were called, of the East India Company. When it was leased to the company in 1780 for this purpose, it was described as looking like a ‘shabby hospital, or poor-house‘. After several structural changes over the next couple of decades, Fort William College set up camp there, training writers in languages such as Hindi and Persian, until around 1830. In the years that succeeded, the dwelling was used by private individuals and officials of the British Raj as living quarters and for shopping.
  • The chief minister's office was in this building until the current ruling party supremo decided to shift it's office to Nabanna to showcase the glorious victory over efficient communist government.
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