Saturday, October 22, 2005

Chennai Trivia - 13

This is the hotel where Douglas Jardine's team stayed when they visited Madras. So did Dyan Chand's victorious 1936 Olympics Hockey team. Where is this and what is it now?

Ans: It was the D'Angelis Hotel, started by Corsican D'Angeli and later named as Bosottos that hosted Douglas Jardine's team and Dyan Chand's team. This was the first hotel in Madras to have an electric lift and cold storage. Also probably Madras' first French Restaurant.If you have not heard about the hotel, don't worry; it doesn't exist anymore. Bosottos quit the hotel business in 1940s to concentrate on confectionery.

It is now occupied by the Bata Showroom in Mount Road. Next time you stop at the signal there, look closely at the Bata Showroom. You can still see some old architecture left over. More details about the hotel from V. Sundaram here.


More Chennai Trivia Questions here

12 comments:

Slice Of Life said...

rajaji haal,st george fort??//
uma

Chenthil said...

No uma.

Jeevan said...

The link is very nice and informative.

frank said...

watch out the selective hypocrisy of Tamil Murasu when it comes to covering film events
http://www.tamilmurasu.in/2005/oct/23/default.html
where are the tamil culture prudes?

Kaps said...

is it dasaprakash or harrisons by any chance?

Chenthil said...

No Kaps. The hotel is no more a hotel. I am waiting for more guesses. Answer today evening.

Ravages said...

Is it D'Angelis or D'Angelos?

Chenthil said...

d'Angeli's is the correct one CCG, after the founder Giacomo d'Angeli.

narayanan said...

Bata showroom in Mount road? Is it the one opposite Ritchie Street/Narasingapuram Street ?

Chenthil said...

Yes the one opposite to Ritchie Street

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