The name of the two architects who designed the industrial town of Durgapur may not be something which is known to many. In fact most of Durgapur residents are hardly aware of the fact that Durgapur is the second planned city of India.
The well laid out industrial town of Durgapur was designed by Joseph Allen Stein and Benjamin Polk in 1952. The entire designing job was done by the two American architects at the Bengal Engineering College in Calcutta.
Joseph Allen Stein, (10 April 1912 – 6 October 2001) was an American architect who is credited for designing several important buildings in India, like – Lodhi Estate, Indian Express Tower, Nariman Point and several others.
Benjamin Kauffman Polk (18 May 1916 – 23 April 2001) was an American designer and architect, best known for his several architectural work in India and Nepal. Apart from his contribution in designing the industrial town of Durgapur, his other notable work include the Times of India main building, Buddhist Tripitaka Library in Rangoon, the Royal Palace for His Majesty the King of Nepal, Kathmandu, and the beautiful Jallianwala Bagh Memorial in Amritsar.
The people of Durgapur woes much to these two American architects, who by their unmatched intellects contributed in designing the industrial town of Durgapur.