Proposed Site of Rashtrapati Bhavan & Parliament Delhi, 1914

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An old 1914 print on the proposed site of Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Parliament House in New Delhi. This page is from the “The Illustrated London News” of Jan 3, 1914. Shown is the Raisina Mound, now known as Raisina Hill, before it was leveled and cleared. The rocky hillock was the proposed site for the Rashtrapati Bhavan (formerly Viceroy’s House) and Parliament House (Council House).

The 1st and 2nd pictures show “The site for the Viceroy’s white marble palace and Council House In New Delhi”. For some reason, the proposed white marble was not used for the construction. Instead, the Viceroy’s House (palace), now Rashtrapati Bhavan, was built on cream and red sandstone. The 3rd and 4th images show the commencement of the work. Labourers digging, blasting, and clearing away debris in the levelling of the site.

The removal of the massive rocks around Raisina Hill was done by digging and blasting. The help of a light railway was utilized to carry away the debris. Two British architects, Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, were appointed as the chief architects. Both Lutyens and Baker were engaged in the planning and design of the new capital. The Parliament Building as such was inaugurated in 1927. The new capital of India was inaugurated in 1931.

Did you know – that the new Parliament House, known as Sansad Bhavan was inaugurated in September 2023. 

Past posts – 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#17)., Double Decker Tram In Bombay, Old 1942 Photo., Procession of Indian Princes Delhi Durbar 1903 – Old Postcard., Old Pictorial Book 1903 – Views of Bombay Old & New.