Thursday, 25 August 2022

Lake House Building

Lake House Building
The Lake House Building (Sinhala: කොළඹ ලේක් හවුස් ගොඩනැගිල්ල) is situated at No. 35, D.R. Wijewardana Mawatha in Colombo Fort, Sri Lanka.

Lake House building is considered the oldest media house in the country (Welandawe & Weerasinghe, 2016). It was built in 1929 to house the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited, a public limited liability company incorporated in Sri Lanka in 1926 by its founder D. R. Wijewardena (1886-1950), one of the leaders in Sri Lanka's Independent Movement (Welandawe & Weerasinghe, 2016). The building was designed by renowned architect Sir Oliver Weerasinghe.

The building was expanded in 1970 by adding a new part (Eastern Wing) which follows the exact architecture of the original building which is presently the part at the west corner. [(Western Wing) Welandawe & Weerasinghe, 2016]. Prof. M S Manawadu of the University of Moratuwa was involved in the construction of the new part which had been commissioned to the architectural firm he was working for in 1978.

The Lake House building bears British colonial Indo-Saracenic architecture (Welandawe & Weerasinghe, 2016). 

References
1) Welandawe, H., Weerasinghe, J., 2016. Urban Heritage in the Western Region Megapolis Planning Project. p.55.

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