|Metropolitan bldg. Kolkata. Roy02 - DeviantArt|
|Kolkata. Corner tower, metropolitan building. Indrosphere|
On Jawaharlal Nehru Road in Kolkata near Esplanade. one can not miss a majestic building built in no-baroque style with nicely presented with domes, a clock tower, and arched recessed windows. During the colonial rule it was a beehive of activities and was always crowded because it housed a famous fashionable department store called the White way Laid-law department store, then a famous department store in Calcutta. The store operated on cash and carry basis and no credit was allowed. Founded by by two enterprising Scotsmen in 1882, it became a famous department store across India and also in Far East. It had branches in many major Indian cities like Bombay Chennai (Madras), Shimla and in cities like Lahore (Pakistan), Colombo, Burma etc.
|Metropolitan Building Kolkata,ielegraphindia.com|
|Chowrangee road, Metropolitan bldg. Kolkata Alamy|
|Colonial city Kolkata. metropolitan bldg. Amazing India Stock Photos|
repainting work has not improved the look of the building. Unless major structural damages are taken care of, this heritage building may lose its value. Proper restoration plan is a must before execution. Like in the Western countries, with respect to restoration of heritage building, its color, plastering work, etc., should match the old structure and these should not be changed arbitrarily.