Neighbours, some of them senior citizens, recalled that with the collapse of the house, a part of history was gone as British military adventurer Colonel James Skinner and later his decedents lived there. The main entrance fitted in a cusped arch frame that led to the single-storey house has a name plate proclaiming it as James Skinner’s House.
The building is spread across an area of several thousand square feet and the part which collapsed seemed a tiny speck.
However, other parts of the building also appeared dilapidated. According to the neighbours, since the Skinner family vacated the premises in the 1950s, the ownership patterns are not clear posing hindrance to repair works by those either living or running shops there.
According to Indian National Trust For Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Hindu College was also located in the same premises before it was shifted to its current location on the North Campus.
The part of the building used by the college was demolished in 1967.
An INTACH representative said that having identified the building as a heritage building, the local municipal body was responsible to “compel the owner to maintain it”.