Even though this historical building now looks dead , it must have been buzzing with commercial activities once. Named Beehive Building, it once housed one of the first department stores in India.At different times,it also housed a foundry (called Beehive Foundry), a ship fitting workshop, an auction hall and a hardware store. See this story in The Hindu.
Now, the ground floor still houses some commercial activities including one named after the first Indian owners (Kowtha). Soon this building may also be razed down for a multistory complex.