The Deccan Heritage Foundation partners with Harish & Bina Shah Foundation and the University of Mysore
With cornerstone support from Harish & Bina Shah Foundation and a generous grant from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, the DHF will begin restoring Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion in Mysuru. See the recent press coverage of this announcement here.
Dating back to 1901, the mansion was built as the residence of Princess Jayalakshmi of Mysore. It was converted into the University of Mysore’s Department of Archaeology and Anthropology in the 1950s and, after funding from the Infosys Foundation, the mansion opened its doors as a Folklore Museum in 2001. With its symmetrical plan, and part-circular arcades of Ionic and Corinthian columns, Jayalakshmi Vilas is one of the outstanding examples of the Classical European style adopted by Mysore architects.
The interior apartments are arranged around two internal courtyards: one is roofed with a stained-glass dome that recalls a similar ceiling in the great palace in the middle of Mysore.