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The British Empire


The British Empire comprised the dominions, colonies, protectorates, mandates, and other territories ruled or administered by the United Kingdom, that had originated with the overseas colonies and trading posts established by England in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. At its height it was the largest empire in history and, for over a century, was the foremost global power. By 1922, the British Empire held sway over a population of about 458 million people, one-quarter of the world's population,[1] and covered more than 13,000,000 square miles (33,670,000 km2): approximately a quarter of the Earth's total land area.

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Approximately 185 ft high and built in 1906 by the British as a memorial for Queen Victoria, Victoria Memorial was formally opened to the public in 1921. The bronze Angel of Victory holding a bugle in her hand set on top of the building is about 16ft high, weighs 3 tons and serves as a weather vane. The angel is said to have been made in Italy.



Calcutta/Kolkata

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General Post Office - Calcutta - 1865


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Whiteaway, Laidlaw & Co - Calcutta


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Grand Hotel Calcutta


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Esplanade Mansions - Calcutta - 1910


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The residence of Viceroy in the British era, now hosts one of the most impressive collection of vintage books and manuscripts in the world. In the post independence period, it is one of the best public libraries in the world.


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Kolkata - Writer's Building


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Palace of the Gov. General of British India


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Royal Insurance Building - Calcutta - 1905


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New Central Telegraph Office - Calcutta - 1914


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Imperial Department of Commerce & Industry - Calcutta - 1911


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Calcutta University


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Hazaarduari Palace (the palace of thousand doors) is in Murshidabad town in West Bengal, India. Murshidabad used to be the last capital of Bengal before the British era. In 1704, Murshidkuli Khan, the then Nawab of Bengal shifted the capital to this town on the left bank of river Bhagirathi from Dhaka (now in Bangladesh).
 

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Victoria Station


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India



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The BMC Building (Bombay Municipal Corporation) which houses Mumbai local government - its construction started in 1884 and was completed in 1893.


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Fmr. Town Hall


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India Gate


Taj Mahal Hotel


Flora Fountain, built in 1864.


High Court


A file photo of University of Mumbai taken in 1870s. Rajabai Clock Tower here seen shrouded in scaffolding was completed in 1878
 

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Fullerton Hotel
A five-star boutique hotel located near the mouth of the Singapore River, in the Downtown Core of Central Area, Singapore. It was originally known as The Fullerton Building, and also as the General Post Office Building.




Stamford House


City Hall, 1929


The Old Supreme Court Building, 1939




Old Parliament House, 1827


The Old Tan Nan School
 

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Rashtrapati Bhavan (Sanskrit for 'President House / Presidential Palace') is the official residence of the President of India, located in New Delhi, Delhi, India. Until 1950 it was known as "Viceroy's House" and served as the residence of the Viceroy of India. It is at the heart of an area known as Lutyens' Delhi. It is the largest residence of any Head of the State in the world.

During the Delhi Durbar year of 1911, it was decided that the capital of India would be shifted from Calcutta to Delhi. This was announced on December 12 by King George V. As the plan for New Delhi took shape, the Governor-General's residence was given an enormous scale and prominent position. The British architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens, a key member of the city-planning process, was also given the prime architectural opportunity of into. The palace developed very similarly to the original sketches which Lutyens sent Herbert Baker from Shimla on June 14, 1912. Lutyens' design is grandly classical overall, with colors and details inspired by Indian architecture.






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Lahore Museum, Pakistan

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Lahore Museum was established in 1894 in Lahore, Pakistan, and is one of the major museums of South Asia. Lahore Museum is also known as Central Museum, and is located on The Mall. Rudyard Kipling's father John Lockwood Kipling, was one of the famous curators of the museum and the novel Kim was set in the vicinity of the Lahore Museum. Over 250,000 admissions were registered in 2005.

It is located opposite the old University Hall, a Mughal-style building on the Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam. The Museum contains some fine specimens of Mughal and Sikh door-ways and wood-work and contains a large collection of paintings dating back to the Mughal, Sikh and British eras.

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Ripon Building, India

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Victoria Public Hall, India

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Madras Banqueting Hall, India

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Government House was the official residence of the Governor from 1855 to 1997, when the city was under British rule. 25 governors of Hong Kong, out of total 28, used this building as official residence.


It has been a longtime residence of the Commander of the British forces in Hong Kong during colonial times. Today Flagstaff House houses the Museum of Tea Ware. Flagstaff House had been named as Headquarter House until 1932. There is some disagreement as to who designed it, but it was completed in 1846 and initially served as the military headquarters office and residence of the Commander of the British forces in Hong Kong.[1] The site chosen was a small buff above the barracks and above Queen's Road, then at the waterfront.

The building was designed in Greek revival style. Historians suspect it was designed either by Murdoch Bruce, a Scottish who was inspector of buildings, or by Lieutenant Bernard, collinson of the Sappers.[1] The first occupant was Major-General George Charles D'Aguilar, General Officer Commanding from 1844 to 1846 who also held the post of Lieutenant Governor.[1]

The west and east wings were shelled during the Japanese invasion, and it suffered bomb damage. The Japanese repaired it and the Commandant took the building as his residence during the occupation.[1]

After the war, Flagstaff House was again the Commander's residence until 1978, when the Commander moved to a purpose built house on Barker Road. It was handed over by the military to the civilian Hong Kong Government as part of the surrender of Victoria Barracks. The Government put it under the responsibility of the Urban Council in 1981.[1]

The building was declared a monument in 1989. It was restored as far as possible to its original mid-19th-century appearance, structurally reinforced, and the interior was to be modified so that it could be used as a museum.[1]


Murray House is a Victorian-era building in Stanley in Hong Kong. Originally built in the present-day business district of Central in 1846 as officers' quarters of the Murray Barracks,[1] the building was relocated to the south of Hong Kong Island during the 2000s.


Old Supreme Court


Former Marine Police Headquarters Compound


Central Police Station Compound


Gate Lodge of the Former Mountain Lodge


Former Central Magistracy


St. John's Cathedral


North and West Blocks of St. Joseph's College


The Exterior of Hung Hing Ying Building, the University of Hong Kong


The Helena May main building


Former Kowloon British School


Old Pathological Institute


Old Wanchai Post Office


Hong Kong Hotel was the Colony's first luxury hotel in Hong Kong. It was opened on the waterfront of Victoria Harbour, Victoria City, Hong Kong in 1866. The hotel was later rebuilt into a 6-storey structure, completed in 1893[3]; the hotel burned down on New Year's Day, 1926.


Old Hong Kong Club Building. Built in 1897, demolished in 1981 to make place for the present building.


Old Dairy Farm Building


Kom Tong Hall


Hop Yat Church


Old Mental Hospital


Ex-Western Fire Station
 

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Fantastic thread. I'm pretty much in love with the stuff the Brits used to built in their colonies. While that was a field the British and local colonial architects could realize their extraordinary ideas, they weren't halfway that creative and keen to architectural experiments "at home" in the UK. It's amazing how they combined exotic, foreign architectural elements and traditional British architecture in their colonies.

I'm looking forward to see more material showing up in this thread!
 
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