Focus on ‘adaptive reuse’ for Kolkata’s heritage restoration: Experts | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: Former secretary of culture and Prasar Bharati chairman Jawhar Sircar described the restoration of the old mansion of the Mullicks at 48B, Muktaram Babu Street, “remarkable” in the sense that it is about friendship and wonderful adaptive reuse. The building is being restored for FMCG conglomerate Emami’s CSR arm.
“While two brothers don’t get along these days, it is amazing how two friends — R S Agarwal and R S Goenka — managed to build a business empire together,” he said during a discussion on private-public partnership in heritage conservation organized by Calcutta Heritage Collective (CHC).

“Adaptive reuse is perhaps the most important part of any restoration. Otherwise, heritage loses its context and becomes a burden of the past for the owner,” said Mukul Agarwal, an architect. “Any conservation must include the current occupants of the building. They are not only part of the heritage, but also have sustained the structure in some way,” said journalist Sohini Chatterjee, who shared her experience as a resident of the heritage property — Park Mansion.
“We thank CHC for their work on heritage awareness. The building holds a special place in our heart as our founders began their journey from here,” said Sushil Goenka, Emami managing director.

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