and Tuscan double-columns. The edifice
commands an appropriately vast foreground.
The administrative offices of the University
of Mysore is housed in the Crawford Hall.
This imposing structure was built in the
year 1947 at a cost of Rs.~12 lakhs. Mr.
Koenig Berger, Chief Architect, Government
of Mysore designed this building. The tall
columns in the front gives the building a
majestic appearance. The building was
originally planned as the Representative
Assembly for Mysore.
Lt. Col. W.L. Crawford and his brother C.S.
Crawford of England who studied at Mysore
gave a donation of Rs.~1 lakh to the
University of Mysore for the construction of
an Intermediate College for Women. Since,
they had not imposed any conditions, the
funds were used to build a hall to be used
for convocation and house the administrative
offices. This donation was their way of
saying thanks to the "kindly land".
The building has a total floor area of
nearly 10,000~square metres. The structure
is in the form of an I, with the central
hall, christened Crawford Hall as desired by
the donors, which is mainly used for
convocations and other important functions.
The hall is spacious enough to seat nearly
1000~persons and has an octagonal shape. The
balcony can also seat about 600~persons