Monday, October 08, 2012

YMCA Building

YMCA building
Last year I come around the core area of Chennai, the so called Mount Road, Central and Parrys and got to capture some remarkable buildings and landmarks of Chennai; and one among them was the YMCA Building. Young Men’s Christian Association building is an architectural marvel located on the NSC Bose road in Esplanade; and it was the first building to be built in Madras at the request of then Governor Arthur Have-lock in 1900.

YMCA building, built in Jaina-Jaipuri style
YMCA Esplanade is the oldest branch of the Madras YMCA, established in year 1890 by an American Secretary Mr. David McConaughy in the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu. YMCA is a Jaina-Jaipuri style of building, began its work in 1895 was completed by a donation of $40,000 by John Wanamaker, the then Post-Master General of the US. The building was designed by G.S.T Harding and it is one of the oldest heritages of Chennai – the then Madras.

18 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

wow! that is really beautiful!

Linda said...

What a lovely building!

ladyfi said...

That is some lovely architecture! Great pics.

Indrani said...

Grand facade!

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Big, imposing building!! How is it from inside, I wonder.

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Rahul Bhatia said...

A lovely structure from past:)

Bob Bushell said...

That is a nice building.

Betsy Adams said...

The YMCA building is awesome, Jeevan... Reminded me of the song, YMCA.... Remember that song?????
Betsy

Destination Infinity said...

I have not noticed this building in particular, thanks for mentioning about the same. Next time, I think I will notice it when I go past the building.

Destination Infinity

Krishna said...

beautiful building

thanks for sharing

Devilish Angel said...

Nicely taken...

eden said...

Great shots. The structure is impressive.

Have a nice day always, Jeevan!

sm said...

beautiful building

George said...

This is a very magnificent old building.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Iconic!

Meoww said...

Such a beautiful heritage building!wow :)

Rajesh said...

Very grand building.

Indrani said...

Grand facade.