Chief Commissioner's House, Rangoon
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Chief Commissioner’s house in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar), taken by an unknown photographer during the 1870s, part of the Dunlop Smith Collection: Sir Charles Aitchison Album of Views in India and Burma. After occupying a kyaung, or Burmese monastery building, followed by another site on Commissioner Road, the Chief Commissioner’s official residence was transferred in the 1860s to a timber house in the compound of the modern Government House, to the west of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda in northern Rangoon. This is a general view from the carriage driveway of the large, teak-built house, raised on piles using vernacular Burmese construction methods.