iSurprise No. 49 Lighthouse Street

A British-Period property at a prominent location

The residence was used in WWII to house soldiers.

The house

This house has been passed on from generation to generation. It was constructed in 1870, during the British Period, and has undergone several changes since the 1920s. Some original details include the textured tiles in the veranda to prevent people from slipping, wooden trellis battens that offer privacy, ventilation and aesthetic appeal, and the tall windows that allow for plenty of natural light, ventilation, and a cool temperature. The ceiling is made of wood to withstand intense sunlight. The terracotta-coloured Calicut tiles further help keep the temperature at bay, as does the absence of steel components.

Drawings by

K. Divaan, H.M.N.A. Herath, L.A.N.J. Liyanaarachchi, S.C. Pitawala, R.P.D.Y. Sangeeth, L.G.N.S. Udayawansha, C.J. Ranasinghe, J.H.S.R. Dilanka

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