Old iconic Town Hall and Municipal building of Visakhapatnam, Andhra - back to old glory

Colonial Vizag Town Hall. Andhra thehindu.com

Above Image: Town Hall, Visakhapatnam, Andhra state -  Renovated at the cost of Rs.15 crore  the 120-year-old colonial  Town Hall  that had been in a state of utter negligence and official apathy was back to  old splendor in 2021.are finally shining bright after decades of being clouded under apathy and neglect. Now sporting a new look the  the well-lit halls and sections of the iconic heritage structure are part of city's past and a legacy of the British................

The iconic Town Hall and Old Municipal Office in Visakhapatnam (Vizag) have been meticulously restored, preserving their original structures. This restoration, undertaken by the Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation Limited (GVSCCL) as part of the Smart City Mission, focused on heritage conservation to ensure these historical buildings continue to stand as symbols of the city's rich architectural and cultural legacy.

Old Town Hall

Constructed by the Rajah of Bobbili between 1901 and 1904, the Old Town Hall was inaugurated in 1904. Spanning 670 square meters, this Gothic structure was originally named the ‘Victoria Diamond Jubilee Town Hall’ to commemorate the golden jubilee celebrations of British Queen Victoria. As part of the restoration project, Rs 4.13 crore was allocated to refurbish the Old Town Hall. Key restoration activities included restoring the Mangalore tile roofing to its original form and reconstructing dilapidated portions using stone and wood. The meticulous attention to detail ensured that the building retained its historic charm while being structurally reinforced.

Old Municipal Office

The Old Municipal Office, built in the late 1930s, represents a fusion of modern and colonial architectural styles. Spread over 1150 square meters and situated opposite the old harbor, this building marked the advent of modern architecture in Vizag. Its design includes elements of European architecture combined with modern flat cantilever structures. The restoration project, which cost Rs 6.84 crore, involved demolishing and reconstructing deteriorated sections with stone, as well as refurbishing the woodwork to restore its original grandeur.

Restoration and Future Plans

Damaged Town hall, Vizag before 2019 thehindu.com

Vizag Town hall, Andhra. yovizag.com

The restoration work for both buildings was carried out by Savani Heritage Conservation Private Limited, under the supervision of M Vinay Kumar, Superintendent Engineer of the GVMC Smart City projects. The restoration not only focused on structural integrity but also aimed at enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the surrounding area.

Vinay Kumar shared that the area between these historic buildings, which houses an old reservoir, is being beautified with mural artwork. The intention is to transform the space into a cultural and artistic hub. The refurbished buildings are planned to be repurposed as art galleries, museums, or venues for photo exhibitions, providing a platform for cultural activities and preserving the historical significance of the structures.

Impact and Significance

The restoration of the Old Town Hall and Old Municipal Office is a testament to the city’s commitment to preserving its heritage. These buildings are not only architectural marvels but also hold historical significance, reflecting the socio-political landscape of their times. The Old Town Hall, with its Gothic architecture, stands as a reminder of the colonial era, while the Old Municipal Office represents a transitional phase in architectural styles, bridging colonial and modern influences.

The careful preservation of these buildings ensures that future generations can appreciate and learn from these historical landmarks. By converting them into cultural spaces, the city is not only preserving its past but also enriching its present and future, fostering a deeper connection between the citizens and their heritage.


The restoration of the Old Town Hall and Old Municipal Office in Vizag under the Smart City Mission highlights the importance of heritage conservation in urban development. Through meticulous restoration and innovative repurposing, these iconic buildings have been given a new lease on life. They now stand as proud symbols of Vizag’s rich history, architectural heritage, and cultural vibrancy. The successful completion of this project is a significant milestone in the city’s journey towards preserving its historical identity while embracing modernity.

This initiative serves as an inspiration for other cities, demonstrating that heritage conservation can go hand-in-hand with urban development. By valuing and preserving historical structures, cities can create a unique blend of the past and the present, offering residents and visitors alike a chance to experience the rich tapestry of history and culture. The Old Town Hall and Old Municipal Office, now beautifully restored, will continue to be cherished landmarks in Vizag, celebrating the city's storied past and promising future.