Martin Burn Ltd.

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 Martin Burn Ltd is the name given in 1946 after the merger of two mighty contractor firms – Martin and Burn  in Calcutta.

Established in 1890 in partnership with a British gentleman, namely Sir Thomas Acquinas Martin ( -1905 ), Rajen Mookerjee let the company be known after his worthwhile partner in order to avoid the prejudice attached to a native Indian.

Martin Co under the stewardship of  Rajen and Acquinas rose to be a pre-eminent construction concern with its credit of building waterworks at Palta, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Benares and many other architectural  marvels like Esplanade Mansion, Standard Chartered Building, South Eastern Railway Headquarters in Garden Reach, Tipu Sultan Mosque. So much so, that in 1904 the firm was awarded the contract of building the foundation of a memorial in Calcutta after Queen Victoria. Finally the total responsibility of completing the memorial vested with Martin & Co and Rajen Mookerjee was awarded the knighthood in 1921.

Burn & Co  which had the experience of building many an important structures in Calcutta like St. Andrew’s Church (1818), the 152 high Ochterlony Monument (1828)  was taken over in 1927 and the two together went on dotting the city with buildings like St. Xaviers’ College, Calcutta, Belur Math Temple, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna order, Assembly House – the list is endless.

In fact, most of the Calcutta skyline can rightfully be claimed by Martin Burn and it would not be wrong to call the erstwhile capital of India as the MartinBurn city.