Darougheh House, a historical house in Mashhad was built by Russian architects in the late years of Qajar era. The house, which was built for the police chief [Daroughe in Persian] of the northeastern city, has been registered as one of Iran’s national heritage sites.
According to UNESCO, the conservation of Darougheh House has reinstated a significant component of the historic townscape of Mashhad. Based on in-depth historical research, verified through archaeological excavation, the project preserved the original building’s scale and footprint with a focus on the retention of original materials and reuse of materials from demolished adjacent buildings.
Meanwhile the Restoration of the Sanro-Den Hall at Sukunahikona Shrine in Ozu City, Japan, Ehime Prefecture, has received the Award of Excellence in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, as reported by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC).