Government House (Raj Bhavan)

Calcutta, 1803

Government House (article) is the former official residence of the colonial government of India, and the current official residence of the state of West Bengal. This imposing, Neoclassical, palatial residence was built by Richard Wellesley the Governor-General of India,1 at a cost of £ 63,291 (about £ 3.8 million in today's currency). Its architect was Charles Wyatt.

1Wellesley, who defeated Tipu Sultan at Seringapatam (1799), was the brother of Arthur Duke of Wellington.