Description

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Chunnamal Haveliï

Lala Chunnamal ki Haveli (छुन्नामल की हवेली) is a rare haveli (old-style Indian courtyard mansion) surviving in a well-preserved condition within the old Delhi area. It is one of the most celebrated structure of the walled city, being home to Rai Lala Chunnamal, a 19th century merchant. The haveli spreads over one acre, and has well over a 100 rooms.  The Chunnamal family still resides in it. Architecturally, the structure has a long facade along Chandni Chowk. The rooms are marked by high ceilings and decorative chandeliers.The ground floor has commercial activity and the first floor has two large courtyards. The street façade is a continuous balcony with elaborate ironwork railings and timber louvered eavesboards. A series of semicircular arched doorways connect the balcony to the interior spaces and the courtyards. The ornamental tiled dado face of the first floor is also visible from the street.In the mid-1800s, Lala Chunnamal was an extremely wealthy merchant based in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi. His family belonged to the Khatri caste of Punjabi tradesmen. During the Indian Rebellion of 1857, Lala Chunnamal emerged as one of the wealthiest men in Delhi, having astutely read which way the wind was blowing, and made a vast fortune supplying provisions to the British.He had also refused a request for a loan from Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar himself. Having refused the Emperor, he had left the city overnight after having previously sent much of his wealth out of the city secretly. After the hostilities ended, the British ordered the exile (forcible removal) of all Muslims from the city of Delhi. The poet Mirza Ghalib specifically mentioned the name of Lala Chunnamal while lamenting that men of low birth and less honour, like Chunnamal, were crowing and exulting in their glittering "illuminated mansions," while honourable men of old and noble families were "sifting the dirt" after being trampled down by the British.

Notification

This heritage haveli is notifed under section 23 of Unified Building Bye-laws for Delhi 1983 (Now Section 7.26 of Unified Building Bye-laws for Delhi 2016.) by Govt. of NCT of Delhi vide notification no F.No. 7(737)/227/2002/UD/841 dated 25.02.2010 at Serial No. 1(B)/55.  View Notification

Regulation

This notified haveli is regulated by  Section 7.26 "Provision for Conservation of Heritage Sites including Heritage Buildings, Heritage Precincts and Natural Feature Areas" given in Annexure –II of Unified Building Bye-laws for Delhi 2016. View Regulation

Details

Heritage Site
 
Heritage Site ID
DL00043
Name
Chunnamal Haveli
Type
Haveli
Built By
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Started In
1850
Completed In
1857
No of Floors
Two
Ticket
N/A
Timings
N/A
Heritage Area
Shahjahanabad (The Walled City)
Conservation
 
Conservation
Good
Current Condition
Average
Heritage at Risk
N/A
 
 
View Notification
 
Location
 
Property No.
841
Lane/Street
Chandni Chowk
Locality
Chandni Chowk
District
Central Delhi
City/Region
Delhi
State
DELHI
Landmark
N/A
Pincode
110006
Coordinates (Latitude)
28.656764489029214
Coordinates (Longitude)
77.22590080969121
Adaptive Re-use
 
Adaptive Reuse
N/A
Current Usage
Residential on the first floor and commercial on ground floor
Remarks
The haveli is still preserved by the owner.
 
 
View Regulation
 
Protection
 
Protection Agency
MCD,
Notification No.
N/A
Notification Date
0000-00-00,
Protection Status
Local Body Protected,
Category
N/A
Grade
N/A
Agency Contact Email
N/A
Agency Contact Mobile
N/A
Agency Contact Address1
N/A
Agency Contact Address2
N/A
Ownership
 
Owning Agency
Private ownership
Owner Contact Email
N/A
Owner Address
N/A-N/A
 
 
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Video


The disappearing havelis of Old Delhi

In Conversation with Anil Persad, the Owner

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