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A Study on the Colonial Monuments of British Era of Kolkata, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Family and Community Resource Management, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, INDIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 3, Issue (IVC-2014), Pages 99-107,(2014)


Today the restaurant industry is developing very rapidly. The review of literature has highlighted that there exist a number of “theme restaurant” outside India. Few, such types of restaurants were found in India too. The colonial theme reflecting the British era of Kolkata was yet not found in India and specially in Vadodara which inspired the designer to undertake the present design project with the objectives of a).Identifying the famous historical colonial monuments of British era in Kolkatta. b).Studying the interior features used in the selected colonial monuments of the British era of Kolkatta city. The observation sheet was used to gather the details for developing case studies on the existing interior features of the monuments. The findings of the case studies highlighted that the colonial monuments were having white colored walls. The existing floors were made up of wood and in majority of areas it was made up of marble and granite with geometrical pattern in them. The walls of the monuments were having mouldings. In the name of furnishings and lightings, the lights were replaced by the new lights and there were no furnishings. The monuments had chairs, tables, cabinets, book shelf and benches as prominent furniture. The furniture were made up of polished mahogany wood. The ceiling was of Mahogany wood and in some of the monuments, it was of cement with square and rectangular shapes. The findings of the present case study would serve as a valuable reference material for developing historical design projects and other design projects in general. While promoting a base to design other new interiors it would also assist to create the same in other commercial as well as residential interiors.


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