Lala Lajpat Rai Residence




The structure was the residence of, one of India’s most prominent personalities, remembered as a leader in the Indian freedom struggle, Lala Lajpat Rai, popularly known as Punjab Kesari (The Lion of Punjab). The house is a G+2 row house occupying a footprint of about 68.0 sqm, similar to the other old houses of the mohalla. The structure is a masonry construction with wooden ceiling composed of timber joists supporting wooden rafters with a layer of brick tiles above - a typical Punjab composite roofing system. The major issue with the building is its lack of regular use. The structure has been vacant for more than a year, which has resulted in deterioration of masonry works like brick and plaster due to lack of regular maintenance. The primary strategy will be to provide a compatible use to the building, one, which will result in regular usage and maintenance of the structure. Thus, adaptive re-use of the site into a personality museum is proposed, based on an understanding of its various spaces.

Objective :The house is believed to be the ancestral property of Lala Lajpat Rai, a prominent freedom fighter and peasant leader. Ownership of the gate rests with the State Archaeology Department.The structure, located in the Tallawala Mohalla is a G+2 row house occupying about 68.0 sqm footprint.Opposite is a Memorial Museum built in the 1980s in honour of Lala Lajpat Rai. The significant works involve waterproofing of the structure, demolishing some later additions, repairs to ceiling rafters, replastering the interiors in mud mortar and improvements to the immediate surroundings by landscaping the courtyard in front of the house.