The historic building was originally constructed as the residence (a thatched roof building) for the British Resident in 1880 and was first occupied by Major General Sir James Johnstone, K.C.S.I. during the rebellion of 1891, it was burnt down. The permanent building in its present form was constructed in 1897 and reoccupied in January, 1898. It became the Chief Commissioner’s residence in 1949, Raj Nivas in 1969 and Raj Bhavan (Governor’s residence) in 1972.