This small dead-end street leading from York Street westward, counts a number of impressive buildings, most of them in neo-colonial style. On the south side you can see mostly headquarters of banks, such as the HSBC, the Bank of India and the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank. The end of the street shows the garden of the president’s house, although the president doesn’t live there, it is a high security zone. On the right side the magnificent Whiteaways Building which is currently under reconstruction. This former department store in Sri Lanka was built in 1907 and was part of an Indian colonial emporium established by two Scotsmen in 1882 in Calcutta, with branches in many Indian cities as well as in Burma, mainly meant to be for British customers. The adjacent building on the left is the newly restored Lloyd’s building, now a beauty in the streetscape of this small side street.

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