Why is Vivekananda Museum called the Ice House of Madras? | Chennai

September 5, 2020

How did the British deal with the unrelenting heat of Indian summers in the 1800s? This is a fascinating story from the history of an enterprising young American and his successful venture that brought much joy and relief to the British in India. This short video takes you to an unusual building at the Marina beach in Chennai - the Vivekanandar Illam, also called the Ice House of Madras.

Read this article for the story of Frederic Tudor, and his unique business that got him the moniker of Ice-king.

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