December 7 | Wednesday | 6:30 pm
In his book, Indian Railway Buildings, Vinoo N. Mathur reveals interesting and little-known aspects of the heritage railway buildings of India, such as the Bengal Nagpur Railway House, which is the oldest and one of the finest Classical Revival buildings of the Indian Railways and is said to have been home to Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Oudh while he was in exile in Garden Reach, Kolkata.
This session will cover Railway Heritage in general and Railway Buildings & architecture in particular. The presentation includes the influence of changing architectural styles adopted at the time such as Classical Revival, Romanesque Revival, Gothic Revival and the Indo-Saracenic. It covers a range of building types viz. stations, General Offices, Railway institutes, training establishments and Bungalows and highlights the contribution of Princely States, styles adopted by individual railway companies and cites the influence of individual architects. After a brief introduction to different facets of Railway Heritage by the panel, the author shall make a presentation on the development of Railway architecture during the century from 1853 to 1953. The Presentation shall be followed by a Q&A session.