HE the President opens Economic History Museum
"From Antiquity to Rupee"
His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa
declared open the Central Point Building and the Economic History
Museum (Stage I) at the Central Point Building, Chatham Street today
morning (11th November).
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban
Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was also present at the opening
The stylish building with its stately Corinthian
columns, large window panels, circular glass dome and marble clad
interior continues to add lustre and charm to the landscape of
The Central Point Building, which is located in
front of the clock tower in Janadhipathi Mawatha, Chatham Street, is
a historical building which was used as the central point to measure
the length of roads from Colombo to other parts of the country. The
building was opened in 1914 and same was considered as the tallest
building in the city during the period. Since 1973 it was owned by
the Cooperative Wholesale Establishment of Sri Lanka (CWE) and
afterward acquired by the Central Bank which had been in a highly
dilapidated state following to the explosion of massive terrorist
The Central Bank carried out the restoration work
whilst making every effort to preserve its original architectural
and archaeological value.
Meanwhile, Governor of the Central Bank, Ajith
Nivard Cabraal presented a symbolic Rs. 500 note to the president to
mark the CHOGM.
Venerable Maha Sanga, Chief Justice Mohan Peiris,
Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Commander of the
Navy Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage, His Holiness the Mayor of
Colombo AJM Muzammil and a large distinguished gathering were present
at the event.