Frere Hall, Kurrachee.
Medium: Photographic print
This general view of Frere Hall in Karachi was taken in the 1860s to form part of an album entitled 'Photographs of India and Overland Route'. Raised in memory of Sir Bartle Frere, Commissioner of Sind, 1851-1859, Frere Hall was designed by Colonel Clair Wilkins whose proposal was selected from 12 entries in the first recorded architectural design competition for a public building in Sind. Completed in 1865, the cost of construction was raised through public donations. The building was the hub of Karachi’s social activities and also served as a Town Hall with regular public meetings, concerts and theatrical performances.