Ask every Sri Lankan in Colombo about the Lake House and they will tell you where it is and what it is. When Mr. D.R. Wijayawardene, who studied at Cambridge University, returned to Sri Lanka in the early 1900s, he decided to start a newspaper company and hired a villa in Maradana. In 1929 he opened a big new building with a characteristic architecture on the shores of Lake Beira at the edge of the border between Fort and Slave Island. It was called Lake House and it fueled the newspaper business. He became the icon entrepreneur of the newspaper business in Sri Lanka. Going inside the building, still expressing the atmosphere of the 1930s, you can see many people to have their advertisement being placed, mainly in the Sunday papers.