Hyderabad House

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Hyderabad House
General information
Construction started 1926
Completed 1928
Cost £200,000
Owner Before: Hyderabad Nizam
Now: Government of India
Technical details
Floor area 8.77 acres
Design and construction
Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens
Other information
Number of rooms 36
Summit meeting between President George W. Bush and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Hyderabad House in 2006

Hyderabad House (Hindi: हैदराबाद भवन,Urdu: حيدراباد هاؤز‎), earlier known as Palace of the Nizam of Hyderabad was a princely residence of Osman Ali Khan, Nizam VII located at New Delhi, India. It was designed by eminent British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. It was the Delhi palace of the Last Nizam, and a part of 'Lutyens' Delhi'.[1]

History[edit]

Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for the Last Nizam, after most important princely rulers in British India were inducted into Chamber of Princes in 1919, and were to attend the Chambers meetings in Delhi. It was the largest and most expensive palace at that time. It was constructed by Babukhan Properties.[2]

After Indian independence in 1947, the palace was given to the Indian Government by the Nizam. It is currently used by the Government of India for banquets and meetings for visiting foreign dignitaries.[3] It has also been a venue for joint press conferences and major government events.

Architecture[edit]

Spread over 8.77 acres, and built in the shape of a butterfly, an amalgam of the Mughal and European architecture. The entrance hall of the palace, a dome with an entrance hall beneath with symmetrical wings at fifty-five degree angle, is the outstanding feature. It has 36 rooms including a zenana, four of which have now been converted into dining rooms. It is located to the northwest of the India Gate.

With the exception of the Viceroy's House, it was the largest and grandest of all palaces built in Delhi by Edwin Lutyens during 1921-1931. The Nizam’s sons disliked the building, finding it too western in style for their taste and was seldom used.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sharma, Manoj (2011-06-08). "Of princes, palaces and plush points". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "A project by Babu Khan". babukhanproperties.com. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  3. ^ NAYAR, K.P. (18 July 2011). "Ties too big for Delhi table - Space dilemma mirrors growth in Indo-US relationship". telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Hyderabad House at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 28°36′58″N 77°13′41″E / 28.616141°N 77.227948°E / 28.616141; 77.227948