The Clock Tower
Built in the year 1925 by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the Clock Tower is a heritage building. Originally known as the Band House, it was built for band practices of the British Army. The Clock Tower is located in Schedule B of the President’s Estate and is now the reception for the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex (RBMC). Previously, it was used as the Post Office of Rashtrapati Bhavan and also as residential quarters.
One of the central and major landmarks of the Estate, the Clock Tower is 23 metres high. A square structure with chamfered corners, it has arched alcoves with stone basin and lion head water sprouts for fountains. Projected porches with two circular pillars at the centre of each side serve as main entrances to the building.
The clock system installed in the tower was manufactured by the famous J.B. Joyce & Company of England which has its installations on many important buildings around the world including the Eastgate Clock in Chester and the Shanghai Customs House amongst others. The Clock Tower at Rashtrapati Bhavan has “J.B. Joyce & Co. Ltd, Whitchurch 1924” inscribed on it. The work of restoration of this clock was undertaken by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi in 2015 while the restoration of the building was handled by the Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Delhi. Special care was taken to preserve the original fixtures of the building. As of now, all fire places, conical obelisks and wood work have been preserved and restored to their original design and finish. Even the original plaster of the building has been preserved.
Hon’ble President Pranab Mukherjee initiated the restoration process of the heritage buildings of Rashtrapati Bhavan and it was his vision and idea that lead to the reinstatement of buildings like the Clock Tower, The Stables and The Garages.Previous Next