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The first owners of the mansion are believed to be the Duzogullari Family. The
Aristarhis Family who acquired the mansion from the Duzogullari demolished it to
construct a completely new one around 1863.
Abdulhalim Pasa bought the mansion, which was considered to be a wreck and
not big enough to suit Egyptian aristocratic taste, from the Aristarhis Family
and instructed architect Petraki Adamandidis of Canakkale to rebuild it. After
Abdulhalim Pasa’s death in 1890 the property was inherited by his nine sons. Sait
Halim Pasa, gathering all shares from his brothers came into the sole ownership of
the mansion in 1894.
In 1968, the mansion was purchased by Turizm Bankasi (Tourism Bank) and
converted into a casino serving only foreign guests. Due to safety conditions such
as fire, the operation of the mansion was handed over to Hilton. Although some
minor alterations were made in 1974, a major renovation was held during the
years 1980-1984 by TAÇ Foundation under the instruction of Turizm Bankasi.
Turizm Bankasi merged with Türkiye Kalkinma Bankasi (Turkey Development Bank)
thus making the mansion the property of Türkiye Kalkinma Bankasi. The garden
was used as a restaurant during the summer and the mansion itself partially as
a museum. Later on the mansion became the summer residence of the Prime
Ministry and was used for government events and meetings.
The mansion underwent a fire in 1995 and its restoration as “Official Guest House
of the Prime Ministry” was completed in 2002. The restoration was done according
to the original architectural style of the mansion in the1890’s. The mansion has
not been in use since the restoration and its operation has been turned over to
Göçtur Tourism in 2004.
ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES OF THE MANSION
The structural and decorative characteristics of the building are typical
innovations of its time, with the building set back off the waterfront by a jetty and
the façade and windows typically neo-classical (empire-style). The mansion’s plan
includes a central grand hall-sofa-with an alcove overlooking the seafront with a
stairway on the opposite side.
There are two gates leading to the Selamlik (Men’s quarters) and Harem (Ladies’
Quarters) from the quay. There are two lion statues in front of the Selamlik gate
which is why the mansion is also referred to as the “Mansion of the Lions” by the
public. According to Nubar Horanyan of Yeniköy, the female lion was a gift from
Italy for Sait Halim Pasa’s first promotion and the male lion a gift from Germany
for his second promotion.
Towards the northern side
of the Harem garden, there
was a Bathing House used by
the residents for swimming.
The enclosed bridge built
between the mansion and
the estate on the slopes
behind was demolished like
all other annexes which were
expropriated during the
widening of the road in 1958.
There was also a boathouse
in the garden of the men’s
quarters which does not exist
One might describe the late
period of Bosphorus mansions
and pavilions as “empirebaroque”
both in terms of
their architecture and their
decoration. It was a stylistic
trend which took hold during
the reign of Abdulmecit (1839-
1861), weakening towards
the reigns of Abdulaziz and
Abdulhamit II, when an eclectic
amalgam of western styles
started to take over towards
the end of the 19th century.
The building recessed from the waterfront without bay-windows and the empire style of the façade and windows are all examples of the new style of that era.
The mansion is decorated in typical empire style, with traces of eclecticism alternating and sometimes combined. The Cubic style in the furniture and exaggerated curves in the decoration were rare between 1800 and 1830. Gilded wood disappeared, although mahogany with bronze plaque appliqué became popular.
Walls were divided into panels with raised bands, with occasional pilasters. Egg and dart and garland friezes decorated the cornice and the ceilings were framed with a band of decoration with a similar circular band in the center. This interior design is seen throughout the mansion, with the single exception of the ground floor reception room which carries the Egyptian-Arabian influence in decoration.