Sunday, 14 August 2022

Hatton National Bank Building (Colombo Fort)

Colombo Hatton National Bank Building
Colombo Hatton National Bank Building (Photo credit: Google Street View)

The old Colombo Hatton National Bank Building (Sinhala: කොළඹ හැටන් නැෂනල් බැංකු ගොඩනැගිල්ල) is located at No. 16, Janadipathi Mawatha in Colombo Fort, Sri Lanka.

This Neo-Classical building is said to have been constructed in 1901 (Manathunga, 2016). It is a two-storied building with an underground floor (Manathunga, 2016). As revealed in the early 20th century literature, this building was occupied by the Merchant Bank of India Limited and the upper floor by the Whitehall & Company (Welandawe & Weerasinghe, 2016). Later, it was occupied by the Hatton National Bank (HNB), one of the oldest banks in the country. HNB bank was established in the 19th century (1888) as a small private bank catering to the banking needs of investors in tea plantations (Manathunga, 2016; Welandawe & Weerasinghe, 2016).

See also

1) Manathunga, S. B., 2016. Pauranika Sthana Saha Smaraka: Kolamba Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka). ISBN: 955-9159-39-9. p.35.
2) Welandawe, H., Weerasinghe, J., 2016. Urban Heritage in the Western Region Megapolis Planning Project. p.12.

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