0313 GMT February 25, 2018
The two residences can be accessed from within each other. The edifices were built during the late Zandieh dynasty (1750-1794) and the early Qajar dynasty (1781-1925), as a residential house. Today, these houses serve as part of the Architecture School of Tabriz Art University, tasnimnews.com reported.
Behnam House can be considered as one of the important houses in Tabriz. The house was substantially renovated and embellished with ornamental paintings during the reign of Qajar king Nasereddin Shah (1848-1896).
Behnam House has a main building — referred to as the Winter Building — and a smaller structure — referred to as the Summer Building. The Winter Building is a two-storey symmetrical construction standing on a basement.
As in many traditional houses in Iran, this house has an inner (Andaruni) and an outer (Biruni) courtyard; the former being the larger of the two. In the course of a 2009 renovation project, some hitherto unknown miniature frescoes were discovered in this house which was restored by specialists.
Qadaki House is similar to Behnam House in its architectural features and is adjacent to Behnam House. The basement of this house is of more importance in view of its historical pool.