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Offrs Mess Madras Artillery [1815]

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Reply Sunder
3:06 AM on June 27, 2011 
What is now the Officers' Mess of the Officers' Training Academy was built in 1815 and served for over a hundred years as the Officers' Mess of the Madras Artillery.
Regards,
Col(Retd)A. Sunder Rajan

You may read the URL below



Location Officers' Training Academy Estate Chennai.

The Academy is located amid a sprawling estate of 650 acres traversed by River Adyar adjoining the Chennai International and Domestic Airport , about 15 kms from the Chennai Central Railway Station along the Grand Southern Trunk (GST) Road. In its vicinity is the imposing prominence of the historic Saint Thomas Mount and its Roman Catholic Church that consecrates the memory of Saint Thomas , one of Jesus Christ's 12 apostles, martyred on the Mount in 72 AD. It remains to this day a hallowed spot extremely popular with the tourists from all parts of the world. The cantonment dates back to the 18th Century when it was an important bastion of the Army of the Madras Presidency. Initially, the Mount was the scene of one of the fiercest battles of the Franco-British wars on 07 February 1759, subsequent to which the cantonment was established in the area in December 1774. However, most of the barracks were built during the period between 1815 to 1952.









Officers Mess

When one travels on the GST Road, the sight of the white, typically Victorian building, amidst the age old trees cannot be missed. The majestic building with her imposing look, is an art by itself. The building, which is now the Officers Mess, was erected by the Govt of Madras in 1815 and for nearly a century was used as the Officers Mess of the Madras Artillery, a Corps, which on many battlefields did much to add to the renown of the Madras Army and was intimately connected with the good name and fame of the Madras Presidency.




Since 1952, the Mess has been used by various garrison units located in Madras . In 1962, the building was handed over to the OTA on its inception.

The architecture is typically Victorian having massive vertical columns for the façade and beautiful arches bordered with intricate designs in the three main halls inside. The wonder is that the building has retained its grandeur though it has endured many a madras summers and been a witness to many historical events over a period of time.




The sprawling newly laid lawn in front of the Officers Mess, the majestic artificial waterfalls and bright illumination have all added to the pristine glory of the building. Every article on display has a history intertwined with it and a story to narrate.





What is now the Officers' Mess of the Officers' Training Academy was built in 1815 and served for over a hundred years as the Officers' Mess of the Madras Artillery. Ypu may read the URL below

.http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/mp/2003/01/13/stories/200301130014
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Reply PK RAY
8:59 AM on June 26, 2011 
Excellent photograph but where is this?