Sunday, 30 July 2017

Historical Peterhoff, Shimla - colonial building


Peterhoff, Shimla. Wikipedia,
The tudor-style building called The Peterhoff was an historical structure  in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh built during the British period. Entirely made of  wooden frames and shingled eaves, this unique building steeped in history, has the distinction of being home to  least seven Viceroys and Governors General of India during the British Raj who played key role in the administration of the Indian subcontinent.

Its first occupant was James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, who moved into the building in 1863. The building served as the Punjab High Court  after India gained freedom in August 1947. A major historical event took place here at Peterhoff and it was the sensational  trial of Nathuram Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi; it took place in 1948-49. Gandhi was shot at and killed on 30 January 1948  5 -17 pm in the compound of the Birla House, Delhi.  Godse used Breta M 34 gun.


In 1971, when Himachal Pradesh became a full-fledged state, Peterhoff served as the Raj Bhavan - the Governor's residence; his residnce was shifted to a the
Barnes' Court building after a major fire mishap at Peterhoff on 12 January 1981. 
  
The Peterhoff was rebuilt  using a new design and became a fine hotel in 1991 with as many as 34 suites. 

Ref:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterhoff,_Shimla