RICH HERITAGE OF SATWARI BUILDING
serenely amidst the green environs of Army Public School Jammu Cantt Compound
the picturesque Satwari House, popularly
known as Topi Bunglow in yestr years,
which houses the adm block of the school, has now acquired the status of a
imposing building was constructed in 1896 for the Late Col Sir Neville
Chamberkaine KCB, KCVD, Central India House, the then Military Advisor
The Maharaja of J & K. The house has witnessed proud moments of history, having
extended its warmth and hospitality to two of heirs of the
mighty British Crown.
In 1904 H.H. King Edward George as Prince of Wales stayed here. It was yet
another momentous occasion in 1922 when
the heir apparent H.H. King Edward VIII,
as Prince of Wales, visited Jammu stayed in this house.
India broke free from colonial rule, Satwari House also underwent stupendous
changes. From being an exclusive royal retreat it came to be
utilized as Head
Quarters of J &K force commanded at the time by Maj General Kulwant Singh, a personal family
friend of the Maharaja.
From this headquartedrs
J&K was defended. It was subsequently transformed into Army Officer’s
mess. This traditionally designed building is
based on the typical architecture
layout of houses in the Kashmir Valley, largely built of wood and sloping roofs.
However in the recent years the
building has undergone
several modifications to preserved the heritage structure as well as lend a