The PWD will restore the colonial heritage building along the Adyar River bank.
What’s it about? The Public Works Department (PWD) will begin work on restoring the iconic white structure at the campus of Tamil Nadu Government Music College. An initial review showed the building had cracks, damaged walls on the eastern side, and exposed plastering. The state government has granted ₹2 crores for the restoration.
- The Building Centre and Conservation Division of PWD will work on the restoration. They’ll plaster the walls with lime mortar.
- The wooden flooring will also be repaired along with the doors and windows. The work is expected to be completed within a year.
History: It was built in 1796 by James Brodie on an eleven-acre site. Brodie, who was with the East India Company, sold the property after he had a boat accident on the Adyar river. It was then home to many after that, including the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Madras. It was renamed Thendral and turned into the Government Music College.