Historic Buildings Consultant

Burma Railways Building, Yangon, Myanmar

Burma Railways Building, Yangon, Myanmar

Burma Railways Building, Yangon, Myanmar

This imposing building is one of the gems in the surviving repertoire of colonial-era buildings in Yangon (formerly Rangoon), Myanmar. It was constructed in 1896 by the British to serve as the administration building for Burma Railways.

The need for such a grand headquarters came from the amalgamation in that year of the three competing railway companies in Burma at that time, the Irrawaddy Valley State Railway (1877), the Sittang Valley State Railway (1884) and the Mu Valley State Railway (1889). The building, constructed of laterite stone and brick, is a distinctive example of Victorian colonial architecture, where Gothic forms fused with local materials and traditions to create something unique.

With the building having been purchased by a developer, we were approached to provide advice as to sensitive, appropriate repairs of elements of the structure, as well as champion the significance of the site to Burmese and British history.