The Architecture of Houses in Deputy no Khancho, Old Surat

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Published on: 14 December 2018

Binita Tamboli & Nikhil Sanjay Shah

Binita Tamboli is an architect by profession and is pursuing masters in Ekistics from Jamia University. Her research work majorly concerns history and philosophy.

Nikhil Sanjay Shah is a researcher based in Surat, with keen interest in urban issues, historic studies and conservation, sustainable development, community participation and earth architecture.

The image gallery depicts architectural details of houses in the area known as Deputy no Khancho, meaning 'the locality of Deputies', referring to the erstwhile officials who resided there. The houses in this street represent a traditional house form, typically found in the towns of southern Gujarat, with regional influences on the stylization and individual details, ranging from Zoroastrian to Baroque to Gothic elements. The array of architectural styles is indicative of the varied cultural influences of its denizens over the years.