Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mules Mansion, Karachi

Mules Mansion, Karachi
Originally uploaded by bukhaari
I simply adore this building. And today when I saw this shot I at once decided to blog it. And I got good information from Dawn website, which I would like to share with you all, on this classic building. Here it goes:

'The Mules Mansion was designed by Moses Somake (who was born in Lahore on June 6, 1875 and died in London on April 6, 1947). It was named after the first chairman of the Karachi Port Trust, Charles Mules. After partition of the subcontinent the mansion served as the Naval Headquarters for a certain span of time. Subsequently the place was used for different purposes, including residential. In fact a few pen-wielders used to live in the building in the ‘70s.'

Further, our author tells us,

'Architect Noman Ahmed says: “It’s a lovely building constructed in the Anglo-Oriental style. There is a slight influence of the Renaissance method as well – for example, the orderly arrangement of columns. The Anglican features that can be readily noticed are the beautiful keystones, horizontal grooving and the symmetry maintained in its construction.

“It’s a structure inspired by the KPT building (curvilinear), which is why it has functional orientation, that is, it was made for a particular purpose,” says Noman Ahmed.'

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