The restoration of the ancient building, which took a full 4 years, has been done entirely following the traditional methods of construction and finishing of the 18th century. The architects and the contractors immersed themselves in a study of the old techniques of construction which has more to do with the way high quality hand craftsmanship takes place than modern construction methods.
The old building was completely refinished with a lime plaster in the old process known as “Chettinad Egg Plaster” which consists of covering the walls with layer after layer of a thin layer of egg white, powdered sea shells and yogurt. In between the layers the walls are constantly polished by hand.
The exquisite woodwork, perhaps the best example of French Indian carved woodwork, is all original from the house of Joseph Francois Dupleix which used to exist on the old Nehru Street, which was originally known as Rue Dupleix. Dupleix was the greatest of the generals & governors of French India, and during his tenure the French were the dominant power in South India while the British were bottled up in Madras.
The buildings have been expanded and the whole hotels has been modernized with the use of Avant garde design and materials to create a delicate mix of modernity and tradition – and it is in the harmony of these two that Le Dupleix exists as not just a heritage hotel, but rather a designer hotel.