The Town Hall
The town Hall of Colombo, built in front of the Viharamahadevi Park, is the headquarters of the Colombo Municipal Council and the office of the mayor. It is the meeting place for the elected Municipal Council, and today it houses the administrative staff of the council. Its garden is the venue for many rallies and concerts all year round.
The plans for the Town hall were put out on competition and the winning design was submitted by Mr. S J Edwards. Mr. T Reid laid the foundation and the construction work was commenced in 1924 by Messrs. A A Gammon and co. and the building was occupied in May 1928. Mr. H E Newnham, the Mayor during this period, was regarded as the best building of its kind in the East and helped to give a new look to the municipal administration of the City.
The main building stands prominently and commands pleasing views from all angles. The connecting roads are well laid out. The length and the breadth of the building are 354 ft and 168 ft respectively. The total height of the building equals its width. The elevations are very dignified and refined. The perspective view shows a very impressive group of buildings crowned by a dome and tower of fine proportions. On the ground floor the corridors are straightforward, direct and well lighted. The council chamber is a magnificent apartment, with ample accommodation for the public provided in an elevated gallery.
The Galle Face Hotel
The Galle Face Hotel is a 148 year old Hotel which has been in continuous business from its inception in 1864. It is considered to be the oldest purpose built Hotel East of Suez Canal, originally catering to the guest of the then Colonial Governor – whose residence was situated across a leisure park (The Galle Face Green) – and is today the Residence of the President of Sri Lanka.
This 160 room property situated in the City centre of Colombo derives its name from the picturesque promenade it faces called the Galle Face Green which was a creation by the British Governor at that time, Sir Henry Ward. Designed and built to British Colonial Architecture the Hotel is known as “Sri Lanka’s Heritage in Hospitality.
The Galle Face Hotel was conceived and incorporated as a Hotel in February 1864, by three British Businessmen. Todate it is, Colombo’s only Seaside Hotel and still continues to be the most prestigious Hotel in the City. Though being a City Centre Hotel, it has all the attributes of a resort with its Sea frontage and even a Sea water swimming pool.
This prestigious hotel which has been patronized by world leaders and celebrities over the years, has been refurbished many times and modern facilities have now been installed while it’s colonial architecture and character has been maintained. The Hotel has been in continuous business since 1864 and in the recent past has won many prestigious Awards including the First and only Presidential Award in 2009 and the Pacific Asia Travel Association Award in 2011 for Heritage Hotels.
The Colombo National Museum