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Currently many government departments are functioning there including marriages registration office and the state-owned government's Kempegowda Museum (established in 2011) that is is located on the first floor of Mayo Hall. Kempegowda happened to be the founder of Bangalore and there is a statue on the premises. In the bygone era this hall was home to Bangalore Cantonment municipal office, several public offices and law courts. The upper floor was mainly used for important 'Public meetings and Exhibitions'
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Lord Mayo ( Richard Southwell Bourke'6th Earl of Mayo), educated at Trinity College, Dublin, though held the post of the Viceroy and Governor General of India from 1869-72, his post took him to different parts of India and he was much impressed by the variety of talented people of different cultures, languages, etc and the myriad of lands and this led him to remark, "as long as the sun shines in heaven" so long Britain should hold on to India. During his short period, he oversaw several developments. He improved irrigation, railways, forest admininistration, census, etc.Yet another fact about Lord Mayo was that he was against ill treatment of Indian Prisoners by the Prison authorities. Unfortunately, on a visit to Port Blair's prison (Kalapani), the Andaman Islands as part of inspection work, Lord Mayo was assassinated by stabbing to death by one Sher Ali, a Pathan life convict. Ali committed this murder in order to avenge Lord Mayo for the loss of his father who was killed in the Anglo-Afghan War.
The Mayo Hall, Bangalore was a fitting public memorial in memory of Lord Mayo who had no ill-feeling against the natives, The two-story building surrounded by beautiful lawns, trees, flowering plants, etc was built at the cost of Rs 45,000.00 collected through public subscription. Inside the hall one could see elegantly framed pictures of the British nobility and outstanding citizens in the hall.
The Mayo Hall considered as 'one of the most elegant public buildings of the era in Southern India with Greeco-Roman elements in the design and architecture, to day it stands in a highly polluted and congested area of the city. There is a feeling of despair and disappointment among the lover of old monuments that such historical buildings need periodic repairs and have to be taken care of for the benefit of future generation. Across India in many states, in particular, Tamil Nadu, historical heritage buildings are not well taken care of and in some places there are wanton encroachments by the unscrupulous traders. Many people feel angst about the fate of such wonderful monuments that might fall into disrepair if the respective state governments and public do not come forward and preserve them for the posterity