Then & Now

Then & Now

"On our first visit to the Haveli, we were quite dismayed at the deplorable condition of the building and not sure if it could be restored at all and if so, to what extent, may be just enough to withstand few more years. Clearly there was a big challenge but unfailing will too, to not only to restore the original glory of the Haveli but also sustain it for years to come. The Haveli now stands completely restored and reinstate the belief that where there is a will there is a way. There is a renewed hope for the thousands of others Havelis in the lanes and by lanes of Shahjhanabad." - Vijay Goel & Siddhant Goel - The Restorers

The Haveli, once boasting of grandeur & royalty had been reduced to an ordinary run down building with spaces unrecognizable and structure falling. The Structure was overloaded with several adhoc and inappropriate additions on every floor. The rooms were badly organised and divided into smaller rooms to accommodate, toilet, kitchens etc. The service connections including open pipes, hanging wires etc added to the chaos waiting for calamity to happen any time.

The doors, windows were blocked, the walls had large patches of dampness there were long vertical cracks in the walls. Decorative plaster work was hidden due to multiple coats of lime wash. Stone columns were painted with thick coats of synthetic paints without obliterating the details. The original glass pains were either missing or broken.

The restorers Mr. Vijay Goel & Siddhant Goel were extremely hurt to witness such deteriorated condition of one of the grand Havelis of Dharampura. They were clueless of how and where to start the restoration. There was also no precedence of such restoration work of Havelis in Shahjhanabad or elsewhere in Delhi to fall back upon. It took nearly 6 long years, 24/7 working by 50 odd workmen under regular and personal supervision to achieve the result which we can all see today.