Balabrooie Guest House, Bengaluru, KA - this colonial bungalow escaped from demolition

Balabrooie Guest House  Bengaluru,

.Balabrooie Guest House

Above image: Balabrooie Guest House on Palace road, Bengaluru, KA: - The historical  building (it is not a classified heritage structure and bungalows don't come under this category) is intact, however why the netas are setting their eyes on the colonial building  and are keen to come up with a new modern structure after removing this historical site. As to the weird name, according to author T.P. Issar  in the book titled The City Beautiful' the name Balabrooie comes from the Isle of Man, located off the British coast in the Irish Sea. Native of the Isle of Man Sir Mark Cubbon named it Balabrooie (meaning river bank farm) to remind him of his native place....................  

Balabrooie Guest House  Bengaluru

Monuments are built to tell the story to the next generation of people so that they could learn more from  them and improvise them with new ideas. What is embedded in them is the untold history. Balabrooie Guest House of bengaluru built in the colonial period now stands majestically and escaped from demolition recently mooted by the netas. 

.building wrecking ball.

The iconic building Balabrooie Guest House on Palace road  Road, Bengaluru  constructed in the 1850s on a 14-acre campus is a classified historical structure in Bengaluru. Maintained by the State Hospitality Department, what  is special about the site is besides the old colonial structure, there are over 150 varieties of trees that are more than 100 years old.   The massive root system that covers a big area - across 40 ft could absorb huge quantity of water and could handle 50mm rail fall in an hour.

Sir Mark Cubbon, Commissioner of Mysore

Above image: Sir Mark Cubbon: - Isle of Man 1985: Commissioner of Mysore Sir Mark Cubbon, Birth Bicentenary ''14th Century Parish Church, Portrait of Cubbon & Equestrian Monument in Bangalore.........'' 

Its earliest resident was Sir Mark Cubbon, a British army officer who became the longest-serving chief commissioner of Mysore in 1834. He was particular to have a fine structure built that would   resemble those in his hometown on an island in the Irish Sea. Cubbon wanted the structure to remind him his old village back in his  country. A native of the Isle of Man Sir Cubbon was buried in Maughold Church there on 17 May 1861. Th site changed hands many times and finally the the Raj handed over Balabrooie Guest House to the royal Wodeyar family after rendition. Till 1947, many commissioners stayed in that building. Many well known politicians had set their foot in this heritage building. 

The government in 2014  made a decision to pull down the vintage building  to build a new structure to run a club for legislators planned to demolish to parts of this stately structure to convert it into a club for legislators. The building was saved by heritage lovers of this city after prolonged protests

The previous government had a plan to run the club in the same building without affecting the heritage values and at the same time not touching the 100plus  year old trees on the campus.