The Front Courtyard is like an open to sky room

The Front Courtyard is like an open to sky room

The outdoor courtyard and garden area have been used for multiple purposes. Although initially, it was a green lawn with a clear view of the Sat Rowja mosque, over time, the landscape has changed and there are now large trees which shade the area and boundary wall obstructing the view.

 Initially the courtyard was a private space for the family members, but now it has been made available for public access for those in the neighborhood and for the visitors visiting Old Dhaka. The residents even allow neighbors to use the open space in front of the gate, to park their cars, to keep animals during festivals or to even host weddings!

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The project “Hidden Heritage: Homes in Dhaka” forms part of a larger research framework on “Silent Heritage: Buildings in Bangladesh” focusing on homes and other significant buildings, from the rural to the urban, and from the Mughal to the Modern.

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