The Story Behind The 14 Floors
After reading The Unfinished Journey, I got to know a bit of history about Chennai’s original skyscraper. M Ct Chidambaram, the founder of IOB and United India Insurance had wanted to build an impressive premises for his group’s headquarters and had identified the location to construct an 18-storey building on the lines of the then famous UN building in New York. The building (which later became the LIC building) took shape during M Ct's time. Since M Ct passed away during this period and insurance was also nationalized (1956), the building’s construction went into the hands of the government (LIC) and babudom curtailed the height of the building to 14 floors. The building was finally unveiled in the year 1959.
BTW, which the tallest (residential / commercial) building in Chennai now? Is it Hotel Residency Towers (which has about 20 floors) or Arihant Narayanas Ocean Tower by any chance?