Historic Houses of India and their Legacy

Historic Houses of India and their Legacy

Instructor: Dr. E. Schmidt

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 5 classes – Total 12 hrs

Fee: $100 or equivalent INR (as per the AES Business Office exchange rate)

Begins: Saturday, September 7

Dates: September 7,14, 21, 28 October 5

Maximum class size – 12


Of Princely Palaces and Colonial Architecture: Historic Houses of India and their Legacy

After the move of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi had been announced during the Delhi Durbar of 1911, a number of grand princely estates were built in Delhi in the vicinity of Viceroy’s house. These princely estates still shape the architectural landscape around Khan Market and India Gate as reminders of the turbulent times of first half of the 20th century. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens – such as Hyderabad House, Baroda House or Patiala House or Bikaner House designed by Charles G. Blomfield – these princely estates offer a fascinating glimpse into the world of Indian Maharajas and Imperial Delhi in the decades before Independence.

This class will explore the history of the Princely States looking at some of the magnificent palaces of Indian Maharajas in Rajasthan and their princely estates in Delhi. This class is ideal for anyone interested in heritage, historic houses and art history and will give you the opportunity to visit and experience these palaces built at the time of the British Raj. The class will include a heritage walk to several of the Princely palaces, breakfast at one colonial building or princely palace and a visit to the Presidential Palace. A weekend heritage excursion to either Bikaner or Jaipur after conclusion of the course is optional (cost of this trip is not included in the course fees).

Costs: There will be some additional for the entry tickets of the palaces and food.

Dr. Schmidt is Associate Professor of interior design, design history & heritage studies and director of the Centre for Historic Houses at O.P. Jindal Global University, India. A scholar and practicing interior designer she is inspired by traditional design in a contemporary setting. Her expertise is the research, design, development and promotion of historic houses and palaces. Dr. Schmidt studied at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge and received her Ph. D. from the University of Oxford, where she was Michal Wills Scholar and tutor and won the John Lowell Osgood Prize for her dissertation. She is passionate about historic houses.