World Heritage Week 2018 – Residences

Heritage is often looked upon as boring in today’s fast paced life. Well! Our latest course, Chaukhat Darwaza Jharokha, is here to prove this statement incorrect. The course began on 11 Nov 2018, Designated Indian National Education day. Here is a sneak-peek into the course. Visit ACEDGE for more details on this and other courses offered by us.

We are celebrating the World Heritage Week from 19 Nov to 25 Nov 2018! We asked our participants from different parts of the world (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Gurgaon, Gwalior, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Melbourne, Mumbai, Nashik, New Delhi, Puducherry, Pune, Raipur, Surat and Tumkuru) to select one or more structures that they see heritage value in. The results were diverse in scale, purpose of building, grandeur and the era of construction.

Beginning with Residences

Palaces, Houses, Wadas

Sheesh Mahal, Aam Khas Bagh,Sirhind

430years old

Studied by : Amisha Sood

Islamic style of Architecture in Sirhindi bricks

Sheesh Mahal is an example of Indo- Islamic style of architecture, built during Akbar’s reign. It is a double storey structure with raised plinth, constructed in Sirhindi bricks and lime plaster. It has an arched roof with domes along the shorter edge of the building.

Aga Khan Palace, Pune

Studied by Anala Patwardhan

126 years old

Indo Sarcenic Style of Architecture built in Deccan Trap Stone

The palace was an act of charity by the Sultan who wanted to help the poor in the neighbouring areas in Pune, who were drastically hit by famine. Aga Khan Palace has Italian arches and spacious lawns.

The palace captivates the eye of a spectator with its magnificence and picturesque architecture. The specialty of this is it’s corridor of 2.5 meters around the entire building.


Kanika Palace , Cuttack, Odisha

132 years old

Studied by : Dibyasingh Jena

Colonial Style of Architecture

The city of Cuttack is more than 1000 years old taking this fact into consideration it has many heritage buildings which are of prime importance in terms of study and research one such building, the present building in study, is Kanakia Palace, a dilapidated old building almost in the State of breakdown but nevertheless speaking of the past times it had once witnessed. Kanika Place was built by Rajendra Narayan Bhanjadeo, King of province-Kanika. It is also significant in a way that meeting for the partition Of Odisha from Bihar washeld there.

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Sarkar Wada, Nashik

200 years old

Studied by : Gayatri Deshmukh

Peshwa style of architecture in basalt stone, brick and wood.

It was built 18th and has an influence of Gujrati, Rajasthani, Kathiawadi Architecture and also from the regional Maratha temple Architecture. Thus the different floral patterns, Peacock carvings are seen on the Wooden Work. It is located in Saraf Bazar in Old city of Nashik, and has been used for different functions across ages.

It is a 3 Chowki Wada without any Fortification. It is constructed in traditionally baked bricks with lime mortar and has high stone plinth. It is built to edge courtyard houses with rooms built a central (multi activity) courtyard opening onto a street. This beautiful Wada has eye catching facade seen from the street of the market (saraf bazaar). Columns are made of great dark processed saag (teak) woods intricately carved with the influence of the architectural style.

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Vishrambaug Wada, Pune

211 Years Old

Studied by : Gayatri Deshmukh

Peshwa style of architecture with an addition of Rajput architecture. The structure is built in basalt stone, brick and wood.

It is located in the old Core City of Pune, and is an example for rich ancient Indian past under the Marathas. It was built by the last Peshwa, Bajirao-II (prime minister of the Maratha Empire) as his residence. It is a 3 storyed and 3 chowki Wada (having 3 Courtyards). This structure is famous for its fine entrance and the balcony with carved woodwork.

The dimensions of this palace are 260 feet long and 815 feet in width. Wada presently houses a post office on its ground floor, a few other offices of the municipal corporation and a small museum of Maratha artefacts put together by noted Maratha historian, Babasaheb Purandare. This beautiful Wada has eye catching wooden facade and columns carved in the Cypress shaped form. It’s made of great dark processed saag (teak) columns and cream walls. Intricately curved ornamental tear drop teak pillars. The banana flower embellishment are characteristic to the Peshwa-era.

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Mujumdar Wada

248 years old

Studied by : Shweta Bhandari

Peshwa Style of architecture constructed in timber and bricks.

It is one of the oldest residential complexes from Peshwa period built by Sardar Abasaheb Mujumdar in 1770 housing 100 rooms. It also preserves 17th century documents, utensils, music instruments, etc. It is connected to Katraj Lake through an aqueduct.

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Bhaskar Sheth Wada, Panvel, Navi Mumbai

Studied by : Tejashree Lakras

The 20th C double storied brick structure, used to be a residence of Bhaskar Sheth who was involved in trade and commerce activities of Panvel in historical times.

The daily exchange of business thoughts got him closer to the different architectural styles adopted in colonial style bungalows in and around Panvel i.e. the round shaped arches, the typicality of columns and no front courtyard in the premises. This got reflected in his Wada structure as one can see clearly in the front façade which is kind of a mixture of colonial and typical konkan style of architecture. The window shutters on top floor being partially covered with railing pattern allows one to sit thereby and have a street view and connect to the social life easily. The No courtyard element brings the structure more closer to the residential lane of the area and reflects the open and broad mindedness of the people within.

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Bhide Wada, Kalyan Mumbai

Studied by : Tejashree Lakras

The early 19th residential structure possessing typical Konkan style of “Wada” (the residence in Marathi language) belongs to one of the royal families of Kalyan, Mumbai.

The double storied huge sloping roof structure with a front court and back court facing the residential lane has always witnessed the religious processions, public festivals since older times in and out. The Wada offers the typical Konkan style Dindi Darwaza, the spacious verandah, the sitting area alongside the entrance and the front façade with the large window openings on top floor and jali panelled doors on ground floor, all of which together have been serving the purpose of pilgrims carrying the processions, daily basis social activities and socio- cultural festivals.

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Shaikh Haveli, Kalyan, Mumbai

Studied by : Tejashree Lakras

The 19th C Indo Islamic Haveli belonging to Shaikh family from Konkan, is the first Indo Islamic Haveli style structure in Kalyan and is located at Kazi road.

This structure marked the beginning of Islamic settlement in Kalyan and hence it held the major responsibility of making Muslim community feel homely while passing this road. The front façade, as the Shaikh Dadi speaks, was intentionally made with the huge semi open colonnaded verandah accessed by wide series of stone steps inviting the passerby for informal talks or simply to take short period rest. Also it served the purpose of holding formal/ buisiness meets sometime. The structure being located on the junction of two different roads, follows its front elevation style to the side one too in order to continue the important role, played by these huge walls in establishing the social interaction between the family and outside public.

Next stop, Institutional buildings of the past!

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