Writers Building, Kolkata

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

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.

Writers Building Information

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

Writers Building Ticket Prices

  • Entry is free.

Writers Building Opening and Closing Hours

  • The surroundings are open throughout the day.

How To reach Writers Building by Public Transport

  • Bus Station : Kalighat Fairly

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  • It is the secretariat building of the State Government of West Bengal in India.The Writers' Building 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. In 1821 A 128 ft-long verandah with ionic style columns, each 32 ft high, were added on the first and second floors. From 1889 to 1906 two new blocks were added.

  • 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. Various departments of the West Bengal government are housed in this building. It is an edifice of great political significance and memories of the Indian Independence Movement.

  • 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 of the Writers The building went under renovation in late 2013, in a project costing ₹2 billion (US$31 million). Prior to this, the state Secretariat and Chief Minister's office temporarily shifted to the Howrah River Bridge Commissioners Building named Nabanna in Howrah. In February 2014, the project was stalled after conservation experts and the state Public Works Department found the plan submitted by an architect firm insufficient

  • It used to be the administrative headquarters for the State until the year 2013, when the current ruling party decided to move to a different location on Kona Expressway, called Nabanna, apparently due to the fact that the leader of this party has a paranoia about the color red (Writers' Building was all red since the day it came into existence during the British era). All the MoS, including the CM and the heads of administration used to sit here, and the place used to be very crowded with top-level security cordons.

  • 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.It is located in West Bengal's capital city of Kolkata. 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 of the Writers'.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. 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. The giant pediment at the centre is crowned with the statue of Minerva. The terrace also contains several other statues and notable among them are four clusters of statues, christened 'Justice', 'Commerce', 'Science' and 'Agriculture', with the Greek gods and goddesses of these four streams (Zeus, Hermes, Athena and Demeter respectively) flanked by a European and an Indian practitioner of these vocations. 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. Various departments of the West Bengalgovernment are housed in this building. It is an edifice of great political significance and memories of the Indian Independence Movement.

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