Narenjestan e Qavam:
This house was built between 1879 and 1886 by Mirza Ibrahim Khan. The Qavam families were merchants originally from Qazvin, but they took the important rule in the government during the Zand dynasty which followed by the Qajar dynasty and Pahlavi dynasty as well.
During 19th century, the Qavam “Naranjestan” keeps the elegance enjoyed by the upper-class families. The paintings on the low ceilings of Narenjestan house are inspired by Victorian era Europe.
Focal point of the house is the mirrored porch, overlooking a small garden which was designed with date palms, fountains and flowering plants.
The House became the headquarters of Pahlavi University’s Asia Institute during the second Pahlavi era, directed by Arthur Upham Pope and Richard Nelson Frye. They also lived in the house for a while. The house is a museum todays and is open to the public.
Toward south along the main axis of the building and into an octagonal corridor there is a main entrance of the garden opens. It is decorated with bricks. There is a tablet of marble stone on top of the entrance on which you can see Quranic verses and the poems of Asudeh Shirazi about founder of the garden and date of its construction. You can see two Qajar soldiers holding their rifles, on both sides of the lower part of the entrance. The entrance door made of wood and has been inlaid. The corridor is decorated with the bricks and shape of stars.
The building istwo meters above the yard and is made of bricks. The color of tiles includes the warm colors and varied patterns.