Vivekanandar Illam, earlier known as Ice House or Castle Kernan is a historical building in Chennai, India. It become constructed in 1842 by way of Frederic Tudor. Indian Saint Swami Vivekananda stayed inside the constructing when he visited Chennai in 1897 and turned into later renamed in his honor. It is currently maintained by using Ramakrishna Math and homes an exhibition on the existence of Vivekananda. In 1842, Frederic Tudor constructed the constructing facing the Bay of Bengal as a facility to save ice.
In 1880, the business collapsed and the building became sold to Biligiri Iyengar, an advocate inside the Madras High Court. Iyengar re-modeled the house and named it Castle Kernan after his buddy and decide in Madras High Court. When Swami Vivekananda visited Madras in 1897, he stayed in the building among 6th to 14th February 1897. Later, Ramakrishna Math functioned from the building from 1897 to 1906.
In 1914, the constructing turned into obtained through the Government of Madras and functioned as a hostel and education school for children run via R. S. Subbalakshmi. In 1963, on the beginning Centenary of Swami Vivekananda, the Government of Tamil Nadu renamed the constructing as 'Vivekanandar Illam' which means 'Vivekananda House' in Tamil. In 1997, Government of Tamil Nadu leased the constructing to Ramakrishna Math and it presently houses an exhibition on the life of Swami Vivekananda.