Writers Building

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  • Address: BBD Bag N, Lal Dighi, BBD Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001, India
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +9133-22145600
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Family And Kids, Heritage Building

Writer’s building is one of the most prominent buildings in Kolkata attracting thousands of visitors to it every year. The place used to be the house of State Government of West Bengal a few years back, but today it stands as a great example of city’s history and victorian era architecture. Most of the people come here to watch and admire its structure and design that is around 150 years old. Not only that, there is a certain history to this place too that you must definitely delve into. Located in the northern part of BBD Bagh, this beautiful building got its name from the fact that it was once accommodated by a bunch of Junior writers of East India Company who transformed this place with their Baroque statues and noirish interiors. A must visit for history lovers and curious souls.

  • Entrance in the building may not be allowed but you can visit its surrounding and view the architecture.   

  • Entry is free.

  • The surroundings are open throughout the day.

  • Bus Station : Kalighat Fairly

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  • Writers Building Address: BBD Bag N, Lal Dighi, BBD Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001, India
  • Writers Building Contact Number: +9133-22145600
  • Writers Building Timing: 24-hrs
  • Writers Building Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Writers Building(preferred time): 09:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Writers Building: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 1.28% of people who visit Kolkata include Writers Building in their plan

  • 38.1% of people start their Writers Building visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Writers Building

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

88.89% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Writers Building

People normally club together Alipore Zoological Gardens and Shaheed Minar while planning their visit to Writers Building.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • Very old and Prestigious building, Office for writers of the British East India Company adjacent to Lal Dighi.On 8th December 1930 freedom fighters Benoy Basu, Badal Gupta and Dinesh Gupta dressed in European outfits shot dead the notorious Inspector General of Police, Colonel N.S. Simpson, infamous for his brutal oppression of the prisoners in the jail, in this Writers' Building. Now Dalhousie Square is named after the trio and is called B.B.D. Bagh.It used to be the seat of power till the current Chief Minister shifted the main offices to the other side of thy. From the time of the British to that of the Left front, it was from this place that all major decisions took place. An immense structure. However, you will not be able to get a guided tour of this facility. Only if you are there for specific official work, you will be allowed inside. It is just like any other government office with stacks of files, documents and racks/almirahs. Again, if you are not in a government owned vehicle, you will not find carking in it's close proximity. But then, finding parking is a nightmare in that part of the city. But you can drive by slowly and see the grandeur of the building. This 18th century heritage building, built way back in 1777 for the lowly writers of the East India Company served as State Secretariat of West Bengal Government, housing officials including Chief Minister of the State. It is under renovation since 2013 when most of the offices moved out. On 8 December 1930 Benoy Basu, Badal Gupta and Dinesh Gupta shot dead the notorious Inspector General of Police, Colonel N.S. Simpson, infamous for his brutal oppression of the prisoners in the jail in this Writers Building and killed themselves when overwhelmed by the British forces. There are statues of these three revolutionaries in the vicinity and the area is named after them as BBD Bagh. I passed by the building recently which has the church nearby and took a few photographs. I have visited this building a few times including a call on on the then Chief Minister of West Bengal Jyoti Basu.Writers' Building was established in 1770 originally to serve as the office for writers of the British East India Company, hence this name. Writers' Building was designed by Thomas Lyon in 1777. The giant pediment at the centre is crowned with the statue of Minerva. The terrace also contains several unique statues of Zeus, Hermes, Athena and Demeter christened as Justice, Commerce, Science and Agriculture respectively. Outsiders are not allowed inside. You have to see the Building from outside only at BBD Bag.

  • Administrative headquarter of British East India company in British era. After independence, it became the secretariat building of West Bengal Govt. History has many stories in every nooks & corners of Writers Building. Built as an office for Writers by the British that eventually evolved as the headquarter of WB govt.(now shifted to Nabanna). This famous red building in BBD Bagh is of immense historical interest.

  • It is a historical place in Kolkata, which is right behind B B D Bag park. It is also in close proximity to other famous buildings in Dalhousie like GPO, Cathedral, Stephen House & BSNL RO. A big red color building built by British when India's capital was Kolkata. It was also the secretariat. This building was used last by the communist party as the CM's office. From Esplanade it is in walking distance of 10 minutes.

  • This building was made by the British administration and after indeoendence it became the main administrative building of West Bengal. Here all the State Ministers and Chief Minister with their office staffs used sit to run the State till 2011. After 2011 the main administrative building of the West Bengal was transferred to a building called NABANNA. Now the writers building alias Mahakaran( a Bengali name) is under reaping due to it' s old age.

  • One of most Historical place in India ...this made by East India company ..very beautiful structure ..nice place .. Writers' Building The Writers' Building (Bengali: মহাকরণ, translit. Mahakaran), often shortened to just Writers', is the secretariat building of the State Government of West Bengal in India.[1] It is located in West Bengal's capital city of Kolkata. The 150-meter long Writers' Building covers the entire northern stretch of the a water body locally called Lal Dighi in the B.B.D. Bagh area. This originally served as the office for writers of the British East India Company, hence the name. Designed by Thomas Lyon in 1777, the Writers' Building has gone through several extensions over the years. It housed the office of the Chief Minister of West Bengal until 4 October 2013. Now most of the departments have moved out to another building named Nabanna in Howrah on a temporary basis for facilitating renovation. The Writers' Building was designed by Thomas Lyon in 1777 for the British East India Company. In 1821 a 128 ft-long verandah with Ionic columns, each 32 ft high, were added on the first and second floors. From 1889 to 1906 two new blocks were added, approached by iron staircases that are still in use. Writers' acquired its Greco-Roman look, complete with the portico in the central bay and the red surface of exposed brick. The parapet was put in place and the statues sculpted by William Fredric Woodington in 1883, that line the terrace, were installed.[3]Indian Independence Movement Writers' Building timeline

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