12 April, 2021

The Master Plan, Unveiled

Lutyens’ Delhi never had a place for its architect. Rashtrapati Bhavan finds one for him.

The Master Plan, Unveiled

More than a century after Edwin Lutyens first began work on British India’s imperial capital, the neo-classical architect remains a household name in New Delhi, the city he designed. But until now, Lutyens’ Delhi has honoured him only in name. No museum bothered to introduce the public to the great architect, his work in India.

A 1926 letter from Lutyens to Lord Irwin regarding progress on ‘Viceroy’s House’
This neglect was particularly galling since the...

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