Term Paper: Building in India

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[. . .] 5. It's not had to imagine the potential patron, the designer, the builder of this edifice.

Patron and designer were presumably part of the British Raj, hence the overwhelmingly British appearance of the structure. They must have built it as a school for the education of British children resident in the subcontinent.

The patron might very well have been a committee of British officers or bureaucrats, who sensed a need for a school building for the children of the increasingly large British presence in India. In such a case, the money for erecting the building might have been raised by subscription, or by the solicitation of richer patrons back in England.

Design was presumably done by someone back in England, who had a description of the plot of land secured for the purpose.

The actual building and bricklaying were more likely to have been done by locals.

6. The only other building in the surrounding location that can be glimpsed in the most recent of the photos shows an uneasy relation between the boxy white post-WW2 structure that has popped up behind our building.

The contrast isn't too horrible but it is noticeable. The white building seems like it's probably an apartment block.

It seems like, over time, there has been more development of the immediate surrounding area. It is now more crowded, more urbanized, and probably altogether less tidy than it was when our building was first constructed.

7. The general style and building materials used would seem to indicate late nineteenth or early twentieth century British architecture.

Within that context we would need a more detailed guide to Victorian and Edwardian architectural style to be able to specify a decade. Comparable brick Victorian buildings are likely to be even more ornate than this one -- however the level of ornament is still pretty high to seriously consider early twentieth century. It seems more like a late nineteenth century building.

8. Overall we may combine the observations in the previous answers to hazard some gueses about this building.

It's historical context would seem to be the British Raj. The brick construction with the stone trimmings and slate roof appear distinctly British.

The form is distinctly nineteenth century. The setting appears to be a relic of the nineteenth century also, as it appears the immediate vicinity must have changed between the time this building was built and the present: increased development has led to an encroachment upon the actual plot of land that our building inhabits.

Purpose is necessarily more speculative but the sheer size of the building certainly indicates a relatively large number of people could be expected to use the building, although without a glimpse inside it's not possible to know if people were housed here too -- the best guess we can make is that the topmost layer with… [END OF PREVIEW]

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