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Ripon Building


Ripon Building, located in Chennai, is the office of the Chennai Corporation in the state of Tamil Nadu. The building combines three types of architectural schools - Ionic, Gothic and Corinthian, and is a masterpiece of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.

The building was commissioned in the year 1913, and owes its existence to Loganathan Mudaliar, who built it at a cost of Rs.750, 000, spanning a period of 4 years. The building was named so after Lord Ripon, the Governor-General of British India and the Father of local self-government. The foundation of this place was laid by Earl of Minto, the then Viceroy and Governor General of India on 12 December 1909. The Municipal Corporation of Madras settled in the building in the year 1913, with PL Moore as its then president.

The Ripon Building is characterised by its white façade, located as it is near the Central station in Chennai. With a span of over 85 meters in length and 32 metres in width, the building is rectangular in shape, occupying an area of 2800 square metres. The central tower is over 43 metres tall, with a huge clock. The walls of the building were constructed with stock bricks, set and plastered with lime mortar, while the roof is supported by teakwood joints.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Chennai and Ripon building is between the months of November and February.


The main attraction of the Ripon Building is the Westminster Quarter chiming clock, installed in the year 1913 by Oakes and Co. In total there are 4 bells, which were cast by Gillet and Johnston in 1913.


The building remains open from 12:00 am till 11:59 pm on all days, except Saturdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

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