For all those born in Madras aka Chennai, seeing this 15 story building (build in 1959) invokes a pleasant feeling. For almost a decade, its beauty was obstructed due to Chennai Metro’s underground tunnel construction work. Now it can be seen in its full glory again.
//Before the construction of the LIC building, establishments such as Murray & Company auctioneers and Pioneer Laundry service (started in 1918) stood on the same plot.
M. Ct. M. Chidambaram Chettyar, the founder of Indian Overseas Bank and the United India Insurance, identified the location on Mount Road to construct an 18-storey building for his group’s headquarters, and conceived the building in 1952 as the head office of United India Life Assurance and New Guardian Life Insurance.
The building was designed by the London-based architects H. J. Brown and L. C. Moulin.
The building was built on the lines of the UN Secretariat building in New York City.
Although the construction was commenced in 1953, the architects withdrew in 1957; the rest of the construction was overseen by Chennai-based architect L. M. Chitale.//