Over a 106 years old, the Egmore Railway Station in Chennai, remains one of the cities centrally located, renowned landmarks. Its bright red and white colors, and vaulted metal ceiling on the interiors are what make it striking.
Egmore Station was built on a site where there was a ‘tschultri’ (Which means a resting place where rooms and food is provided to visitors at affordable rates by a charitable institution); this ‘tschultri’ was converted by the East India Company into a fort-type of structure serving as a sanitarium for soldiers. By the early 20th century some portions of this land came to be owned by Senjee Pulnee Andy.
It was in the 1900’s that SIR – the South Indian Railway Company decided to build a proper terminus in the city. It was difficult to persuade Pulnee to part with any land until finally he gave in, to the Collector of Madras in the year 1904. He sold the land for Rs. 1,00,00.
This station was supposedly larger than London’s Charing Cross Station. It was designed by Henry Irwin and built by Samynatha Pillai. Interestingly for the first time it had incorporated an Indo Saracenic style with some Dravidian elements of Architecture.