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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












    Survey & documentation of the existing building    

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Fallen terrace walls in farmyard rebuilt, with new stone steps.
Gateway and yard at the west becomes principal approach to LAMO centre, with new entrance in Gyaoo House, and new door through into Munshi courtyard.
New staircase tower opens onto roof, giving access to Chokhang, Library, Reading Room.
New stone steps on approach from south.
New toilets built on the corner of Gyaoo House


Historic stone wall repaired; probably part of the lost
Kalon House.

New 2-storey Library built inside old stone walls.
Lost roof pavilion rebuilt as
new Reading Room.
Winter Kitchen below courtyard restored.

East wall excavated down
to rock to show the early
rammed earth wall.

New buttress built up in
stone and brick to strengthen the surviving corner of the
lost Kalon House.

New conservatory built
outside Bokhari Room.

Extensive rebuilding of Gyaoo house to provide two new exhibition spaces and main entrance at north.


Southeast corner of Munshi House containing the decorated Rabsal Room and Bokhari Room below rebuilt after collapse in 2006. Restoration of balcony and decoration in Rabsal Room.

Chokang building and
painting restored.

LAMO has a 35-year lease for the restoration of the Munshi and Gyaoo Houses and conversion to an arts centre. The centre will collect, document and disseminate knowledge about Ladakhi arts to local students, researchers, young professionals and adults, as well as visitors to the region. This will be done through outreach programmes, workshops, hands-on-activities, exhibitions, research projects and the setting-up of a library and archive for material and visual culture, performing arts, oral and written literature. The restored building will accommodate library, archive, exhibition, meeting, study and office spaces, and will in itself be a museum of Ladakhi material culture.

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