Understanding the Lahore Museum for the definition of a conservation process /

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2017
Sami, Usman
This thesis aims to study the Lahore Museum in Lahore, Pakistan to propose a conservation process for the building. The construction of the building was completed in 1893 and initially housed both the Museum and the Victoria Jubilee Institute, celebrating Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. It was designed by John Lockwood Kipling along with Bhai Ram Singh, both central figures of the Arts and Crafts in the Punjab, while its construction was overseen by Sir Ganga Ram, the Executive Engineer of Punjab. Designed in the Indo-Saracenic style, the building is ornamented using molded and cut-brickwork, molded and cast plaster of Paris reliefs, ornamental plasterwork and carved reliefs in marble. It incorporates a diverse array of structural systems in its construction such as loadbearing brick walls and cast iron columns supporting saw-tooth steel trussed roofing, flat wooden beam-batten roofs, brick masonry domes, as well as later additions in concrete. The building has been plagued with a multitude of problems from its very inception leading to constant repairs, alterations and additions without any comprehensive plan. For purposes of this thesis, a set of studies has been conducted, including a historical survey as well as the documentation of the building and preparation of drawings to describe its current condition, values and problems. The thesis concludes with the proposal of a multi-disciplinary conservation process that defines all interrelated studies and activities to be carried out in the future.

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U. Sami, “Understanding the Lahore Museum for the definition of a conservation process /,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2017.