Whiteaways Building (Colombo Fort)

Whiteaways Building
The Whiteaways Building (Sinhala: වයිට්අවේස් ගොඩනැගිල්ල) is an old three-storied building located at No.25, Sir Baron Jayatilaka Mawatha in Colombo Fort, Sri Lanka. 

This building is said to have been built following a plan of the British architect Edward Skinner under the Walker & Company during the period 1905-1908 (Manathunga, 2016; Rajapakshe et al., 2018). In the beginning, it was owned by Whiteway, Laidlaw & Co., a renowned colonial emporium or department store of British India which was founded in Calcutta in 1882 and opened its branch in Colombo in 1907 (Welandawe & Weerasinghe, 2016).

The building was initially used for various retail trade activities (Manathunga, 2016; Rajapakshe et al., 2018; Wright, 1999).


1) Manathunga, S. B., 2016. Pauranika Sthana Saha Smaraka: Kolamba Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka). ISBN: 955-9159-39-9. pp.29-30. 
2) Rajapakshe, S.; Bandara, T. M. C.; Vanninayake, R. M. B. T. A. B. (Editors), 2018. Puravidya Sthana Namavaliya: Kolamba Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Vol. I. Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka). ISBN: 978-955-7457-19-2. p.44.
3) Welandawe, H., Weerasinghe, J., 2016. Urban Heritage in the Western Region Megapolis Planning Project. p.29.
4) Wright, A. ed., 1999. Twentieth Century Impressions of Ceylon: Its History, People, Commerce, Industries, and Resources (first published in 1907). Asian Educational Services. pp.456.

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This page was last updated on 31 July 2022

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