This is a Grade 1 building, it is of historical importance
This old building is located in Pycrofts road at Royapettah, Chennai- 14
This building is under the ownership of Government of India
In the past, this building was the residence of Arcot Nawab.
Now it is the residence and office of Prince of Arcot
Amir Mahal has been the residence of the Nawab and his ancestors, since 1876. This building was presented to them in 1870 by the Britishers. Between the years, 1872- 1875, the Royapettah Police Court was functioning here. Earlier the Nawab's residence was at Shadi Mahal at Triplicane.
The entrance gateway is so beatuifully designed with a pointed arch. The main builing does not have regular planned units and no organic shapes has been utilised. The interior is excellent, the doors are made of teak wood and the furnitures are also made of teak wood. Another beatuiful aspect is the well crafted timber stairs which points to elevated floors.
The foundation material used in the building is stone, the walls are made of brick and granite. The roof is made of Madras terrace and Mangalore tiles. The openings of the rooms and gateways are well crafted with arch and timber, glass.
The decorative features of Amir Mahal include excellent wooden craftsmanship with huge circular columns and arched openings. There is also plaster on walls
This building dates to 1798