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An introduction

Munshi House
before restoration

Survey & documentation
of the existing building


Building Materials

The team on site
in August 2007

The Library and reading









    An introduction - Part 1 | Part 2    

The walled farmyard, where animals were brought in from the fields each evening, had separate terraces for donkeys, yaks and dung.


The massive stone wall, and the south front and west walls of the new library, were probably originally part of the Kalon House. The site was acquired by the Munshi family when the Kalon House was demolished c1900.


After lying empty for years the Gyaoo House had fallen into ruin.


Traces of the rooms of the demolished Kalon House can be seen on the east wall, built earlier than the upper floors of the Munshi House.
The small front door of the Gyaoo house led first into the stables and then up to the two living floors
The surviving front corner of the lost Kalon House.


The south front of the Munshi house was built out over a public footpath in the 19th century, first the big rabsal and then the smaller rabsal at the end of the century. The original main entrance door remains in the old front wall inside the passageway.


This massive rammed-earth wall running south down the hill may be part of an early city wall enclosing the first smaller development of the town.
Both the Munshi and Kalon houses were later built on top of it.

  Bird’s eye view of the Munshi House from the southeast before restoration.  

Click here to view: Part 1 | Part 2


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