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Old September 9th, 2005, 04:56 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Karachiscape II: Classical Karachi

This thread is intended to complement Karachiscape I.
I am putting these pictures up over here cause the website for it will be taking much longer than I expected, but eventually, you will be able to find lots more pictures on www.historickarachi.com.
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Old September 9th, 2005, 05:17 AM   #2
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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:14 AM   #3
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Classical Karachi

Karachi was a small fishing village before it was incorporated into the British Empire on 3rd Feburary 1839. This is the turning point that converted this sleepy fishing village into a bustling megapolitan city in a matter of a century and a half.

The British recognized the importance of the Karachi harbor and developed into a port city for the produce of North India. Consequently, Karachi experienced a great boom of buisness and industry and was a prime economic city even before the independence of Pakistan. Population and buisness activity in the city blossomed rapidly in the city in its early days, and still continues to do so which is a testament to the enormous potential of the city.

Since Karachi developed very rapidly in the days of the British empire, it is very rich in classical heritage that is slowly crumbling away. In this thread, I would try and highlight some of its heritage, and later update it with more descriptions, in an effort to help preserve the glorious history of this city.
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The Frere Hall

With venetian gothic architecture, the Frere Hall Library is the most readily recognizable classical landmark of Karachi.










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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:20 AM   #5
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Clifton Pavillion and Kothari Parade

The Kothari Parade was a generous public gift by a prominant citizen and philanthropist of Karachi, Jehangir Kothari.












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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:25 AM   #6
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The Karachi Port Trust

This building with neo-classical rennaisance architecture stands out on the port side of Karachi. During the World War II, it was converted into a 500 bed hospital.










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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:27 AM   #7
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Very beautiful picture.
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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:29 AM   #8
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The Empress Market

This very famous and very very misused landmark is an architectural jewel of Karachi since its early days. Currently, a crowded wholesale market marrs its beautiful architecture.







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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:45 AM   #9
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I dont know y our govt. is doing nothing in this area to stop Land mafia
we must preserve this building
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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:46 AM   #10
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The Dayaram Jethmal Science College








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The Hindu Gymkhana

Currently, this building has been converted into a performing arts center.








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Old September 9th, 2005, 08:06 AM   #12
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well they say The Kothari Parade is in bad shape, but from the pictures it looks in excellent shape and the empress market needs a renovation.
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Old September 9th, 2005, 04:47 PM   #13
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Wonderful thread. Beautiful buildings.
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Old September 10th, 2005, 06:04 AM   #14
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Very nice British Raj architecture of Karachi. keep up the good work.
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Old September 10th, 2005, 06:23 AM   #15
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The Sindh High Court

Neo-classical architecture, made from red jodhpur sandstone






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The Victoria Museum

This building of the old Victoria Museum currently houses the Karachi branch of the Pakistan Supreme Court.



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The Karachi Municipal Corporation Building

The Karachi Municipal Corporation (defunct) building is probably the crown jewel of colonial era architecture in the city. It is made out of local gizri sandstone with a jodhpur red sandstone facing. The architecture is Anglo-mogul. The clock tower was made to commemorate the visit of King George V. Currently, this building and its surroundings are in a massive state of degradation and it needs urgent renovation efforts.







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The Max Denso Hall

The architectural style of this beautiful public building is gothic revival. Situated on M. A. Jinnah Rd (former Bundar Rd) this building and its surroundings are in an extreme state of disrepair. Renovation and preservation efforts are urgently needed.

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The Mereweather Memorial Tower

This gothic architecture tower, was built to commemorate the illustrious service of a prominent civil servant of Karachi.



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The Sindh Madarssah tul Islam

This illustrious institution has been the alma mater of many prominent historic personalities in Pakistani and subcontinental history.





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