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Silk's Hotel, Ootacamund.

Silk's Hotel, Ootacamund.

Photographer: Nicholas Bros

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 394/(92)

Item number: 39492

Genre: Photograph

This photograph was taken by Nicholas Bros in the 1860s to form part of an album entitled 'Photographs of India and Overland Route'. It shows an elevation of Sylk's Hotel in Ootacamund, popularly known as ‘Ooty’, the summer headquarters of the government of Madras from 1861 onwards. The town itself is sited around an artificial lake in the Nilgiri Hills at a height of 2,267 metres (7,440 feet). The houses are typically English and are approached by narrow lanes which are bordered by imported English shrubs and flowers. It rapidly became a popular sanatorium and retreat for invalids. Sylk's Hotel was probably designed by Captain John James Underwood and was originally built as a school for the Church Mission Society. It is neo-classical in style with projected wings at either end of its single-storey facade.

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