Overview

The architecture of this big V-shaped building on the junction of the Sir Baron Jayathilake Mawatha and the Leyden Bastian Road is beautiful, especially when you approach Fort from Pettah by the Sir Baron Jayathilake Mawatha, a busy main road, the view is impressive. The Gafoor building on the right and the building of the YMBA (Young Men’s Buddhist Association) on the left, together they form a spectacular cityscape gateway to Fort. Currently the Gafoor Building, which earlier housed the famous bookshop H.W. Cave and the Valuation Department, has been purchased by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. Currently the Gafoor Building is undergoing a great restoration. From this point the main entrance to Pettah was situated, which was largely used by the European civil servants, working in government jobs in the Dutch colonial period. Since there was no more space in Fort to accommodate them, Pettah had become the posh residential area for these high ranked workers.

 

The Leyden Bastian Road, at the right side of the Gafoor building, immediately leads to the port’s entrance and the Grand Oriental Hotel somewhat further down this road.

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