Preventive Maintenance Strategy of Bara Katra

  • Mohammad Sazzad Hossain Architect, 3/2, Block-F, Lalmatia, Dhaka-1207, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Keywords: Preservation, Restoration, Adaptive-reuse, Maintenance plan


The paper proposes architectural conservation of historic Bara Katra in old Dhaka and a maintenance plan for its sustainable existence in the present urban landscape. Bara Katra is one of the two significant and similar Mughal structures, used as Caravan Sari in Mughal Dhaka. The artifact is in a dilapidated condition. The main objective of study of this paper is to ensure proper restoration for revitalization of this Mughal heritage and to protect the monument from decay and damages. The paper will highlight on historical values, architectural documentation, damage survey, causes of decay and form of submission. Finally it will focus on the degree of interventions and a maintenance plan within an institutional framework. Preventive maintenance strategy is recommended as an intermediate guideline to sustain the patina of age and aesthetic quality of the heritage building. A contextual action plan is recommended within a legal framework to allow community participation to manage transformation and prolong the life of the heritage-building.