IDENTITY: MUHAMMAD HAZIQ B. NOR KURNIA SHAH
SUBJECT: HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE (ADA 133)
SEMESTER: JANUARY 2013
HISTORY OF SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD BUILDING
Following the Sultanate of Selangor became a British Protectorate, the English Administration planned to build a authorities office to govern the state efficiently. At that time, the Capital of Selangor, Tone is not really a strategic location for administration as it is beyond the boundary from the even more developed region like Kuala Lumpur. The Sultan Abdul Samad who also ruled via 1857 to 1898 afterwards consent to improve the State Capital from Tone to Kuala Lumpur.
When ever Kuala Lumpur became the main city of Selangor, it just consists of a number of streets of shop properties and several non-prominent government office buildings. Hence, the Homeowner of Selangor at that time, Watts. E Maxwell wanted the modern government workplace to be a dominant landscape of Kuala Lumpur. The idea and architectural design and style has started as early in 1889, the moment Maxwell invited an English Builder Arthur Charles Alfred Grettle as State Architect and C. Elizabeth Spooner by Ceylon while State Engineer. The original program of the building from Grettle was establishing the Traditional English Rennaisance concept. But , Spooner does not satisfy with the design. Later, a young builder named Bidwell has made a modification with Grettle design, adapting the Mahometan style concept of Moor and Moghul design as the primary architectural type of the building. The building construction was commissioned in 1894. On October six, 1894, the earth breaking wedding ceremony of the building was made by the Chief excutive of Straits Settlements, Sir Charles W. H. Mitchell. The approximated cost of the development was $152, 000 and can take a couple of years and 7 months to complete. After the construction completely completed upon April 1897, the real bills was $152, 824. The building materials had been delivered by masonry in Brickfield. House was inaugurated by the Resident-General of the Federated Malay States, Sir...