Heritage hunt

HERE'S AN addition to what will contribute towards the `Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' series in the city. Country clubs came with the economic boom, when lifestyles and image were of paramount importance.

Some went bust, while others like Country Club of (India) of Hyderabad are now out, looking for franchise clubs in Chennai.

``There is a growing demand for quality clubs in Chennai. We are here to talk to individual promoters and property owners and guide them in creating a club as per the Country Club concept and also help them manage the same,'' says Mr. Y. Rajeev Reddy, Chairman. The members of the franchise club in Chennai will have access to 105 affiliate Clubs in India and abroad.

The Country Club is looking at taking over heritage buildings for their conservation and conversion of the same into resorts, like it has done in the past in Hyderabad. The group acquired the palace of the Prime Minister of Nizam of Hyderabad and restored the monumental edifice to its original glory, and spread awareness on the historical aspects of the city.

Similarly, the Hotel Amurutha Castle in Hyderabad is supposedly India's first and only Castle hotel that has a pre-eminent rating among the time-share hotels affiliated to Resorts Condominium International, USA. If the idea to convert heritage buildings into hotels to protect them from the wrecking ball has clicked elsewhere, will it not find takers here? How about a Heritage Club at the Bharat Insurance Building right on Anna Salai, for a start?