Palace Restoration Committee Minutes July 9th, 2011


Gaura Shakti Dasa
Gopisa Dasa
Jaya Krsna das
Malati Devi Dasi
Ramesvara Dasa

Absent: Tripad Dasa


1)      What part of the Palace of Gold is of historic relevance?

2)      Next steps

3)      How to utilize the architectural work done so far by Kayafas Architects

  1. The members of the committee agreed that Srila Prabhupada’s house is the core of the Palace with the Rose Garden and should never be removed. The later on added part towards the pond is in its form not of historic value and can be destructed.
  1. The following reasons request a new construction of a part of the Palace:
  • Handicap facilities
  • The visitors flow
  • The planned content of a tour (visitor’s center, multi media show, Srila Prabhupada’s museum and the Palace itself)
  • The desire to expand the glorification of Srila Prabhupada
  • The deterioration of the materials used; it is intended to use materials which will last for centuries and not for only a few decades
  • A proper design related to materials used, water drainage, mechanical infrastructure (water, electricity, AC)
  • An orientation towards LEED certification
  • Improved landscaping
  • Parking capacities and arrangements such as cross walk
  • Security issues

The committee decides that the facilities should allow having 250.000 visitors a year.  The layout should easily allow dealing with an average number of visitors plus 30%.

  1. The followings steps have been identified for the near future:
  • Get a quote from Kalkreuth for the immediate repair to gain time for a proper design and the fundraising                             Gopisa
  • Get proposals for a new design/expansion
    • o Surabhi, contacted by                                   Jaya Krsna
    • o Sadhbuja and related designers of TOVP   Gaura Shakti
    • o Other individuals                                           all committee members
  • Review each devotee repair by professionals in order to guarantee longevity
  1. 4. A Story Board to be defined for the design teams.             Proposal by JKd


  1. General decisions:
  • The main dome should be renewed.
  • The main elements of the outer area should be kept.
  • The fountains and lightening should be reactivated.

Gopisa will visit Kayafas Architects in order to get a proper understanding of their service related to the Palace renovation. Gaura Shakti will arrange a visit. Ramesvara will send copies of potential design for the dome.

JKd July 14, 2011


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As I worked at the Palace for many years I always saw how the guests were troubled by the fact that they had to go from the upstairs tour all the way outsidel,downn the stairs just to use the restrooms..this always was a design flaw to me especially in inclement weather.

I had had this discussion with Kirtanananda during the designe stage that people after arriving needed first to go to the restrooms and he mocked me as being too mundane.

Hopefully during the resorations this will be addressed.