Town Hall, Kolkata

Town Hall, Kolkata - Address, Phone Number

Address: 4, Esplanade Row W, BBD Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001

Phone: 033-22483085

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 11:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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About Town Hall, Kolkata

It took about 5 years to build this building (from 1807 to 1813) and looking at it now you will know why. Considered to be one of the finest landmarks in Kolkata, Town Hall was designed in quintessential Roman Doric style giving it its exquisite charm. The ultimate goal was to create a place for European aristocrats to gather and enjoy and so the job was given to Col. John Garstin to execute to perfection. Needless to say that the work was done well as the hall now stands as a National Heritage Building with two spacious porticoes and dome-like structure, garnering the attention of everyone passing by. Alongside that, the place is also home to Kolkata Museum explaining the imperial history of the city. Come here to brush up your knowledge on the history and learn about the various important events that were held here. You can go for a guided tour too!

Town Hall Ticket Prices

General :

  • Free Entry to Town Hall.

Town Hall Museum :

  • Tuesday to Friday : 10 INR
  • Saturday, Sunday & Holidays : 15 INR
  • School Group : 5 INR           

Town Hall Opening and Closing Hours

  • Timing for museum is same as Town Hall Timings.

How To reach Town Hall by Public Transport

  • Bus Station : Raj Bhawan

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  • Built in 1813 from the proceeds of lottery for making a place for get together of erstwhile Europeans. Now it's a place for important meetings by Government offices & others. An excellent exhibition on history of KOLKATA was on the show ,up to few day ago.

  • Built in Roman Doric style, Kolkata Town Hall was built in 1813. Major General John Garstin was its architect and engineer. A sum of Rupees Seven Lacs was raised by a lottery to provide Europeans a place for social gatherings. Access to the upper storey was restricted and was subject to the approval of a committee set up for the purpose. In 1867 Town Hall came under the management of the municipal authority, the Justices of Peace for the improvement of the town of Kolkata (later on the Calcutta Corporation). In the 1870s, at the time of the Chief Justice Richard Couch, when the present building of the High Court was being built, the Town Hall was temporarily used for judicial purposes. In 1871, one of the Puisne Judges, John Paxton Norman was assassinated by a fanatic Muslim of the Wahabi sect, while coming down the steps of the Town Hall. This was a setback and a decision was made to renovate in 1897. In 1914 most of the statues were shifted to the newly built Victoria Memorial. By 1919 the interior of the Hall was remodelled to suit the needs of the Bengal Legislative Council. The President of the Council had his chamber in the Town Hall. Subsequently, the Legislative Council moved to its new building in 1931 and during World War II, the government temporarily opened a Rationing Office in the Hall. Post Independence, the Town Hall Building was largely neglected. Many offices found temporary accommodation in various parts of the Hall. Paintings and left over statues were shifted to Victoria memorial. Gradually this magnificent building with rich heritage was sunk into oblivion. In 1998 by timely intervention of the ASI and the Calcutta High Court this heritage building was saved from further damage and destruction. And was later renovated to its former glory, and is now used for public gatherings and functions. The Kolkata Museum : This was set up in the Town Hall in 1995 by a joint initiative of Kolkata Municipal Corporation and West Bengal Government. It depicts the History of the City of Kolkata, and the adjoining metropolis. It was made by the Kolkata Museum society, members of which included renowned historians, musicologists and administrators of this metropolis. Kolkata Museum is a story-telling media exhibit on the history of Kolkata.

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  • Kolkata Town Hall in Roman Doric style, was built in 1813 by the architect and engineer Maj.-Gen. John Garstin (1756-1820) with a fund of 700,000 Rupees raised from a lottery to provide the Europeans with a place for social gatherings. 1813 to 1900Edit The building of the Town Hall was made in Roman-Doric style in 1813. At first, the hall was placed under a committee, which allowed the public to use the hall under such terms and conditions as were fixed by the Government. The public could visit the ground floor hall to see statues and large size portrait paintings but they were not allowed indiscriminate access to the upper storey. Applications for the use of the upper storey were to be made to the committee. In 1867 Town Hall came under the management of the municipal authority, the Justices of Peace for the improvement of the town of Kolkata(later on the Calcutta Corporation). In the 1870s, at the time of the Chief Justice Richard Couch, when the present building of the High Court was being built, the Town Hall was temporarily used for judicial purposes. In 1871, one of the Puisne Judges, John Paxton Norman was assassinated by a fanatic Muslim of the Wahabi sect, while coming down the steps of the Town Hall. In the year of 1897 the Town Hall had been renovated at a cost of about Rs. 1.126 million. 1900 to 1947Edit In 1914 almost all the marble statues except the statue of Ramanath Tagore have been shifted to Victoria Memorial. After the introduction of the Dyarchy in 1919, the Town Hall was used as the council chamber of the Bengal Legislative Council. The interior of the Hall was remodeled to suit the needs of the Council. The President of the Council had his chamber in the Town Hall. Subsequently, the Legislative Council moved to its new building in 1931.[1] During the Second World War, the government temporarily opened a Rationing Office in the Hall. Post IndependenceEdit After Independence, the Town Hall Building was largely neglected, during the early days of independence, during the 'Socialist Era' of early independence and seems to have been steadily consigned to collective oblivion. It was converted into the Municipal Magistrate’s Office. Other branches of the Corporation were accommodated within its premises. The Municipal Service Commission and the West Bengal Public Service Commission also occupied parts of the building. In 1975, all marble busts along with some portrait paintings were shifted to the Victoria Memorial Hall except the busts of Greenlaw and Palmer. The rest numbers of portrait paintings had also been shifted to Central Municipal Office building leaving two portrait paintings of Ryan and Nott at Town Hall. Gradually this magnificent building with rich heritage was sunk into oblivion. In 1998 by timely intervention of the ASI and the Calcutta High Court this heritage building was saved from further damage and destruction. And was later renovated to its former glory, and is now used for public gatherings and functions.

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  • Lotsa rich historical facts and incidents happened here, although I personally think that we have failed miserably to retain the dignity and heritage behind this place built during British era.

  • Well made museum on Kolkata. More detailed guided tour required

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