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Built Heritages of Kolkata

Victoria, St. Paul’s & Other Restorations
Himadri Guha, Kalyani Roy, Biswajit Thakur, Pronoy Roy Chowdhury
Type: Print Book
Genre: Architecture
Language: English
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Kolkata, erstwhile Calcutta, is about three hundred years old. It could be dubbed upstart in comparison to most other Indian cities. Stones were alien here in the Gangetic plain. Mostly, built structures used burnt clay bricks and tiles glued with shell lime mortar. These are almost temporary compared to stone-built ones in some other cities. It was crucial to record such weak structures for future restorers.

Evaluations based on old naval charts kept in Victoria Memorial clarified strategic reasons for English settlement in Kolkata. East India Company records, cartographic studies, and field investigations charted the development of Dalhousie Square and Chowringhee Road. Ad-hoc early town planning assumptions were proven contrarily in the context of newly found clues. Maps and charts aided the comprehensive study of the hectic Dalhousie Square developments and upheavals of Chowringhee.

Field investigations in St. Paul’s Cathedral and Victoria Memorial Hall used sensitive instruments. Many of the distresses not known earlier were identified. Manuscripts and records unearthed in the archives in Kolkata, Delhi, and London led to a combination of desk and field studies. It allowed us to report critical observations essential to the restorations of these two vital edifices.

Other efforts in the Metropolitan Building, Great Eastern Hotel, Sister Nibedita Museum and Swami Vivekananda’s house exemplify restoration activities in Kolkata.

More than two hundred photos and a companion website provide lucid illustrations.

About the Authors

Himadri Guha
Dr Guha is a civil engineer and a Kolkata Municipality Heritage Committee member. He received his Master’s and MBA from the USA and PhD from Jadavpur University, where he also worked as a faculty. He has restored many old buildings in Kolkata. He is the lead author and performed research in India and abroad for this book.

Kalyani Roy
Kalyani is a qualified Architect with a Master’s in Architectural Conservation from SPA, Bhopal. She is enlisted as a Conservation Architect in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and has contributed to field investigations and literature studies for the book.

Biswajit Thakur
Biswajit is a civil engineering faculty of Meghnad Saha Institute of Technology in Kolkata. He has a Master’s and Ph.D. from Jadavpur University. He analysed the spatial positioning of buildings and evaluated complex natural lighting and ventilation mechanisms of different edifice structures documented for the first time in this book.

Pronoy Roy Chowdhury
Pronoy is a structural engineer with a PhD from Jadavpur University. He published articles about historic buildings in Kolkata and coauthored a book about the history of the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata.

Book Details

ISBN: 9789356205468
Publisher: Himadri Guha
Number of Pages: 425
Dimensions: 6.00"x9.00"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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