RNM Galleria 1910: Kolkata’s 1st heritage manor transformed into retail & lifestyle destination
By Nabamita Chatterjee | April 20, 2018
The building will house renowned brands like Kalyan Jewellers, Truefitt & Hill (the British Salon brand), a heritage theme F&B outlet called Café Galleria 1910 along with Calcutta Heritage Art club.
RNM Galleria 1910, Kolkata is a celebration of heritage, and was recently transformed into a retail and lifestyle destination. The building at Camac Street is the former residence of Sir Rajendranath Mookerjee (pioneering Bengali industrialist), Sir Biren Mookerjee (son of Rajendranath) and Lady Ranu Mookerjee (daughter-in-law of Sir Rajendranath). It was unveiled by Craig L. Hall- Honourable Consulate General US, Kolkata, Bruce Bucknell- Honourable British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata along with Aditya Kumar Poddar, Chairman- Wellside Group on the occasion of World Heritage Day.
The property is proposed to be conserved with adaptable reuse and will promote retail and lifestyle, performing and non- performing forms of art and will house a Calcutta Heritage and art club on the 2nd floor and a Café Galleria 1910 on the Ground floor. Brands like Kalyan Jewellers has already opened its doors and one of the top and world oldest Barbour brand crafted in Great Britain- Truefitt & Hill has been allotted one store in the First Floor which will open end of this month.
Starting from the doors, windows, floors and art-works to the elevators and the cloak rooms, all have been re-worked, restored and the idea behind the beautiful concept is to provide a stunning experience to the city of Kolkata. The entire building breathes the history of Colonial West Bengal. It is being conserved keeping in mind that it has to be economically sustainable which would in return serve the longevity purpose. The grandeur of the house has been restored under the efficient leadership of Aditya Kumar Poddar, Chairman, Wellside, and a heritage conservationist along with an in house team of qualified structural engineer Soma Kazi, daughter-in-law of Kazi Nazrul Islam and the artisans under the guidance of the art director Tanmoy Chakraborty.