Friday, March 25, 2011

Frere Hall, Karachi

Frere Hall, Karachi
Originally uploaded by Ameer Hamza
Frere Hall is one of the few well-preserved buildings from the days of the British Raj that still exists in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Recently, it opened to public after Americans shifted their embassy to M.T Khan road. Therefore, security was relaxed, barriers removed and people of Karachi asked to throng the place. And they have already started that.

Frere Hall was built in honour of Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere (1815–1884), who was known for promoting economic development in Karachi. Out of twelve designs submitted, the one by Lt. Col St. Clair Wilson was chosen and construction started in 1863.[1] It was opened by Samuel Mansfield, the Commissioner of Sind in 1865.[1]

The total cost of this hall was about Rs. 180,000 out of which the Government contributed Rs. 10,000 while the rest was paid for by the municipality.[1]

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