Old Book 1914 – Academy Architecture

Title – Academy Architecture And Architectural Review

Editorial And Publishing – 44 Doughty Street, London

Type – Published half yearly

Year – 1914

This 1914 book shows a number of interesting architectural sketches of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the twin Secretariat buildings. Once also known as the Government House or the Viceroy’s House, now called the Rashtrapati Bhavan. It’s work began in 1913 and completed in 1929 but officially opened in 1931.

The chief architects of project New Delhi were Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. The two secretariat buildings, North and South Block, face each other with the Rashtrapati Bhavan in between them. The secretariat buildings were built at a height so the bureaucracy that would rule India could do so from an exalted position. Curiously, both the North and South Blocks were linked with an underground passageway.

The layout and allocation of rooms were strictly hierarchical. Senior secretaries sat above the rest, nothing has changed to this day. The Government House compound included the private office of the viceroy (now the President of India). At another level were the formal rooms and the various private wings, and so on. The Indian Parliament building lies close by. There are some interesting advertisements in this book. One of them is that of an electric lift. Click on the photo for better view.

From the collection- Vintage Oleograph Raja Ravi Varma “Laxmi”., British Tourists At Pune Fort – Old Photo 1880., Construction of Umaid Bhavan Palace Jodhpur, Old Photo PC 1936., Cochin Jewish Synagogue Old Print 1927.

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, stock photos, or taken from other sources.