House Of Wonders
The House of Wonders is a landmark building in Stone Town and in Africa. It is the largest and tallest building of Stone Town and occupies a prominent place facing the Forodhani Gardens on the old town's seafront.
It is one of six palaces built by Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar, and it is said to be located on the site of the 17th-century palace of Zanzibari queen Fatuma.
Built in 1893 and designed by a British Marine Engineer evident in the use of prominent caste iron pillars and steel girders. Being the first building in sub-Saharan Africa to have electric lighting, flushing toilets, hot water and the first in East Africa to have an electric elevator you can understand why it has been so named The House Of Wonders.
Looking at the structure of the building and its history you can easily see why it is not only important in terms of its history and the merging of Swahili and Omani cultures with the use of British engineering and the importance of ensuring such a building is regenerated and preserved for future generations but also for the importance of the site to continue to encourage and draw visitors to Zanzibar and share in the rich multi cultural heritage which the island has to offer.
Pictured above is the Programme story board situated outside the House Of Wonders itself detailing a summary of the Scope of Work and the intended plan to regenerate the House of Wonders and other sites within the regeneration program.
Erection of Scaffolding and removal of Upper Floor Columns
Further Scaffolding, Inspection Pits and Removal of Dhow