Notes on the Geography of Northern India: Shimla: Photo 6
The entrance hall. Buck, in Simla, Past and Present, (1904, 2nd ed. 1925) writes, "The upper walls of the main gallery (which was unfortunately unduly contracted in width in order to save expense in the original building, and which was intended and ought to have been 12 feet wider) was decorated with a collection of Indian arms...." He goes on to to say that "the woodwork, however, is beautiful. For instance, the treads, newels, and handrails of the main staircase are of teak, the balusters of solid walnut, the carriages and concealed portions of the framing of the stairs are of deodar...."
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