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DALHOUSIE SQUARE

DALHOUSIE SQUARE
Kolkata, India
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BACKGROUND

The former Dalhousie Square, now known as Benoy-Badal-Dinesh Bagh, is an oasis at the heart of modern Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, in eastern India. Occupying an area of over two square kilometers, the plaza is ringed by historic architecture and contains the Lal Dighi, or “Red Tank,” a body of water that reflects the buildings above. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In the early 2000s, architects and students from the nearby Jadavpur University completed a survey of fifty historic buildings on and around Dalhousie Square. Several of these 200-year-old structures had been slated for demolition, and the identity of the entire plaza was being threatened by poor development schemes and explosive population growth. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Dalhousie Square is one of south Asia’s few surviving colonial centers, and it is unique in India because much of its peripheral environment remains intact. The classical-style St. John’s Church is just one of 55 municipal landmarks in the vicinity of the plaza, which has been dubbed the “Dalhousie Square Heritage Zone” by city officials. (...)

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IN THE MEDIA
The Value of Past
The Times of India, Sunday, September 4, 2011