The old residency- in many ways the predecessor of St. Andrew’s House- is the oldest hostel in Wilson College. It was opened in 1892 as a temporary structure, but in spite of the many vicissitudes it has passed through, including the intrusion of a buffalo into a student’s room; it has stood the test of time remarkably well. It was sheltered from the buffets of Monsoon by the College and was fortunate in being some 40 yards away from the bustle of the street. It accommodated about 770 students and 8 others lived in Fraser Bhuvan, the Hostel annexe on the top door of the College named after Dr. Duncan Fraser, who was superintendent till 1952.
The old residency was 64 years old when it was partially demolished in early 1960 to make way for St. Andrew’s House named after St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. Dr. Donald M. Kennedy- the Superintendent and later Warden of the old residency- was appointed the first Warden of St. Andrew’s House at the beginning of January 1962. In 1962 the first batch of 60 students and under the Assistant Wardenship of Mr. J. Bakalia began a journey of service, discovery and learning.
This website has an extensive gallery of old photos starting from 1961. You can access these archives from the Photo Archives Page. You will find event photos, annual hostel photos and some rare casual moments caught on camera. You can also help us document them better by letting us know what we’ve missed to mention of that memory. Here is a preview of the latest photos uploaded in this section.