RNM Galleria 1910, Kolkata’s first lifestyle experience, a celebration of heritage, was grandly unveiled by Mr. Craig L. Hall- Honourable Consulate General US, Kolkata, Mr. Bruce Bucknell- Honourable British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata along with Mr Aditya Kumar Poddar, Chairman- Wellside Group on the occasion of World Heritage Day. The building is the former residence of Sir Rajendranath Mookerjee, Sir Biren Mookerjee and Lady Ranu Mookerjee.
Starting from the doors, windows, floors and art-works to the lifts, elevators and the cloak rooms, all have been re-worked, restored and the idea behind the beautiful concept is to provide a stunning experience to the city of Kolkata.
The key person responsible behind the entire restoration process is Mr. Poddar, a heritage conservationist because of his strong inclination and passion towards conserving the Heritage properties of the country. RNM Galleria has been restored with an in house team of qualified structural engineer Ms Soma Kazi, daughter-in-law of Kazi Nazrul Islam and the artisans under the guidance of the art director Sri Tanmoy Chakraborty.
The property is proposed to be conserved with adaptable reuse and will promote performing & non- performing forms of art and will house a Calcutta Heritage & art club on the 2nd floor and a Café Galleria 1910 on the Ground floor.
The world oldest Barbour shop crafted in Great Britain- Truefitt & Hill has been allotted one store in the first floor. Any brand which promotes art & culture or is in sync with the heritage is being carefully hand-picked.
With such preservation acts being undertaken, it is no wonder that these structures will be well maintained to carry on with it the legacy of the city.
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