|Gorton Castle, Simla The Victorian Web|
The site belonged to one Mr. Gorton, ICS in 1840. After changing hands thrice, it was bought by a banker, Sir James Walker for Rs. 80,000. 00. He wanted a Hospital to be built on the plot. After much persuasion, the building was acquired for its officers and Sir Walker was given alternate site where Walker Hospital was constructed. Despite the modification, this colonial edifice looked very Jacob and Curzon had visioned before.
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|Fire mishap. Feb. 2014. Gorton Castle, Simla. himachalwatcher.com|
After major expensive restoration work in 2001-3, the building became the office of the Accountant General of Himachal Pradesh. A careful re- restoration plan was afoot after a major fire mishap in the third week of January 2014. Cause : short - circuiting or use of electrical heating
01. The unfortunate fact is more thani 100 heritage structures were damaged in the winter fire around Simla, according to the media report.
03. In this part, wood is widely used for construction work. So, extra precaution to avoid fire is a necessity.
04. The man who designed Gorton Castle was a consulting engineer based in Jaipur, where he had produced many fine structures imparting Indo-Sarcanic style.