Two heritage buildings to be renovated in Puducherry Puducherry News – Times of India

Puducherry: Two dilapidated heritage buildings containing government schools in the Union Territory of Puducherry have been built to restore their past glory under the Puducherry Smart City Development Project.
Puducherry Smart City Development Limited (PSCDL) has given approval to restore Kalv College Estimated cost of 4.8 crores and VOC School Building at an estimated cost of 2.8 crores. a firm in mumbai M/s Savani Heritage Conservation Private Limited has come forward to renovate both the buildings.
PSCDL will soon issue work order to the private firm to start the project. The company has directed the private firm to complete the project within a period of 12 to 16 months so that both the government schools can resume their educational operations in the new buildings.
The Kalve College building is an interesting blend of Indian and colonial architectural designs. it was made by Calve Souprayachettiar, a renowned philanthropist and was opened in 1875 initially and later to provide education to children of all castes, caste Hindus and Muslims. The two-storey facade is characterized by a series of vaulted corridors. A central colonnaded porch with a pediment marks the main entrance to the building. The classrooms are arranged around a large U-shaped courtyard with verandas arranged. On the first floor, there is a series of pillars supporting the sloping roof of Mangalore tile.
The massive building has a large street front and is bounded by the road on three sides.
The building that housed the VOC School, located at the corner of Mission Street and Nidarrajappaiyar Street, is one of the famous landmarks of Puducherry. It was named after freedom fighter VO Chidambaram Pillai. It was built in 1885. The architectural design was inspired by the Calvé College building with European characteristics. The building still retains its dominant character, style and architectural features. Although poorly preserved, it has a great impact on the streetscape. It is one of the few European-style buildings. Tamil Premises


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