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The city of Lucknow is known for its history, heritage and its rich culture. The Mughals have left behind a legacy to cherish. But other than the Mughals, the city of Lucknow has seen development of lesser known historical monuments. One such monument which has historical significance in my humble opinion is the Butler Palace. The residential colony inside which the Butler Palace is situated gets its name from the palace itself. The foundation stone was laid in 1915 by Raja Mehmoodabad. The palace was built for Deputy Commissioner of Avadh, Sir Spencer Harcourt Butler, it served as the official residence of the Deputy Commissioner.

The original plan consisted of building three palaces but only one could be completed due to a flood in River Gomti in 1921. The Butler Palace is a four faceted palace with a beautiful Rajasthani style architecture. It’s the only monument in Lucknow to be built in Rajasthani style. After independence, the palace served as guest house for many politicians and after a while it remained vacant until it was declared enemy property by the Government of India in 1965 after the India-Pakistan war and was brought under the control of Ministry of Commerce. The UP government used the palace as Sales Tax Office until it was handed over to Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) in 1981. It served as a library with over 32,000 volumes, a guest house, well equipped seminar room, exhibition hall and an office. The ICPR was asked to vacate the premises following Supreme Court’s orders, which legally handed over the possession to current Raja of Mehmoodabad Mohammad Amir Mohammad Khan.