|Hyderabad, India, British residency 1880.minorsights.com|
|Hyderabad, India, British residency 1880. photo:Lala Deen Dayal.en.wikipedia.org|
|Abandoned British Residency, Hyderabad India .pinterest.com|
James Achilles Kirkpatrick, a British Resident in the princely state of Hyderabad. between 1798–1805, was not atypical British officer and possessed certain compulsive passions quite different from his colleagues of his stature. Suitable to his style of living as a representative of the East India company, he built a rich mansion in the style of a Palladian villa called Koti or British Residency (also known as Hyderabad Residency) in the quiet suburb of Hyderabad. It is an important tourist spot in this big city, reminiscent of he early colonial rule and its impact on this city that was the capital of affluent Nawab of Hyderabad. The successor of the this dynasty was the richest man in the 1930s.
The building served as an embassy of the East India Company in the state of Hyderabad with enough space for living quarters for the employees and a Zanana (women's quarter) within the compound walls.Closely resembling that of the White House of the USA with an impressive classical portico which is a common feature in countless important European buildings, its architect was one Lt. Samuel Russell of the Madras Engineers. The construction of this building began in 1803 as a permanent seat of the British influence in this part of the subcontinent. as the rulers of the Nizam dynasty had a close alliance with the English company and later under the administration of the British Crown.
|The Hyderabad residency, Telengana, Indiapinterest.dk|
|The Hyderabad residency, Telengana, India. .pinterest.com|
|British residency, Hyderabad, India after restoration and repairs. firstpost.com/|
|Great Musi Flood,1908, Arched gate Hyderabad Residency. En.wikipedia org.|
After India's independence in 1947, the building had remained vacant till 1949 and soon it it was converted into Osmania University College for Women. It is now under the management of t Archaeological Survey of India and is classified as a protected monument of historical value..
The good news is this stunning and iconic residency was restored in Sept 2017. In the years after 2000 this grandiose building was in a dilapidated state reduced to a state of total neglect for various reasons. This building that was once the symbol of power, pelf and supremacy of the early colonial proxy government for the Crown was almost ready to collapse. After restoration, it looks nice and impressive in the busy area of this old city.
|Abandoned British Residency, Hyderabad India .pinterest.dk|
|Abandoned British Residency, Hyderabad India .|