Railway Board Building Shimla
During their ruling period, the British architects designed and constructed many buildings in Shimla to accommodate different departments. These buildings were very sturdy, as the primary concern of the British was the safety and security from the natural disasters. One of the finest examples of this architecture is the Railway Board Building in city of Shimla near the Mall.
The building is located near Mall Road and the Summer Hill. Today, this building provides accommodation for various offices of the Central Govt., such as Passport Office. Today, also it provides an example for the students of architecture and the IITs for its fire resistant and security features.
About Railway Board Building
The building was built in 1896 to 1897. Before that, there were two residences on this land which were known as the Low Ville and Herbert House. Afterwards, the govt. provided accommodation for the Public Works Depts. in the residences. Then, the residences were transferred to accommodate the Commerce and Railway Board department. Finally, everything was demolished and the Railway Board Building was constructed.
The construction firm, which constructed this building, was from Bombay or today’s Mumbai. The company’s name was Richardson and Cruddas, who built this building in 1896 to 1897 at the cost of then Rs. 4,08,476/-, which is an astronomical sum in today’s value.
The Railway Board building has been cast as the iron and the steel structure. This is because the British rulers were concerned with security and fire resistant features in their important buildings. This building has the four storeys from the road side and the other has three below storey’s, which has separate entrance from the other side. When you climb up the floors, you will find the artistic and beautiful iron stairs, which provide a touch of “Raj Mahal”. The building received its name from Railway Board, which was provided the accommodation in this building in 1923. The fire resistant quality of the building was demonstrated in 2001, when a fire struck on the top floor of the building. The blaze was controlled quickly and it could not harm the original features of the architecture.
Today, also the building provides the accommodation for the various Central Govt. offices such as the Passport Office. It is cited as the one of finest and sturdy example of the architecture for the students of the reputed architectural collages and the IITs in India.
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Railway Board Building
Shimla - 171001