|1922 Shimla, India - The Telegraph Office -Pinterest|
Designed by the Scottish architect Scott Begg in 1922, the Telegraph Office building, on the Mall in Simla, Himachal Pradesh is presently being occupied by BSNL Hence, it goes by the name of BSNL building. It is a beautiful over ambitiously designed colonial building in which the Government telegraphic office functioned and made first link with the outside world from here. Begg was a consulting architect with the Government of India. After replacing the old wooden spired structure, Begg built this brick building on a stone base. The grey ashlar stone work of the base is both attractive as well as earthquake proof. The red brick color gives a pleasing appearance to the building on the Mall Road.
|Shimla, India - The Telegraph Office -Alamy|
Though the building is stately and extravacant in design, no body can question its functionality. An interesting fact is the Simla Telegraph Office that later functioned was one of the world’s first automatic telephone exchanges with a capacity for 2,000 lines. A telephone exchange was established in the 1930s that was connected to England and the then Viceroy was the first person to speak down the line.
01. Latin inscription on the west side of the building reads as : "Molem aedificii multi construxerunt : rationem exegit I. Begg". ("Many men created the work of this stone building: the work was directed by J. Begg.)".
02. Scott Begg also designed the Telegraph Office at Rangoon and Rangoon's Custom House as well.