Victoria Public Hall, named after Queen Victoria, was the first town hall in Madras/Chennai and was built in 1890. As mentioned in my previous post, this is another wondeful example of the widespread usage of Indo-Saracenic architecture during the British Empire.
The hall was a famous place for public gatherings and has seen the likes of Subramanya Bharathi, Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and other legendary personalities addressing large audiences here. Interestingly, it was here that Chennai saw its first cinema show 117 years back ! Over the next 70-80 years the building was occupied by several organizations and apparently fell out of public attention as Chennai developed in the south (with the rise in the film industry).
North and Central Madras, till today retain the old world charm of Madras with its amazing historical buildings – i would definitely be visiting this gem as well ! (Click on image to enlarge)