Mohatta Palace Museum - Karachi Pakistan Colonial Architecture

by Scott Clarkson July. 29, 2009 2374 views

“Mohatta Palace is located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It was built by Shivratan Chandraratan Mohatta, an ambitious self-made Hindu businessman from Marwar as his summer home in 1927.The architect of the palace was Agha Ahmed Hussain. However, Mohatta could enjoy this building for only about two decades before political upheaval and the partition of the subcontinent forced him to leave Karachi. He built the Palace in the tradition of stone palaces in Rajasthan, using pink Jodhpur stone in combination with the local yellow stone from Gizri. The amalgam gave the palace a distinctive presence in an elegant neighbourhood, characterised by Mughal architecture which was located not far from the sea.”
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The building has teak wood shutters that require new varnish. Further deferred maintenance will cause permanent damage to the wood. I am working to find the resources to provide necessary varnish and tools for this work to start immediately.

By the way, for those photographers out there, the building photos are perfect example of problems beset in this type of photography. The 50 mm lens (and 35 mm lens) will cause an untrue inward “bend” in the vertical left (or further away) tower. The tower does not bend inward – it's an optics issue – and the correct solution is to put a 90 mm lens on the camera. But, you can't do that if you don't have enough space to move back to shoot. Photoshop can correct this later – but it would be unnecessary if a 90 mm lens had been used in the first place.

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Pandka 11 years, 10 months ago

Wow! Beautiful!

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