Kothi Darshan Vilas, a typical example of the amalgam of
European and Muslim style of architecture, this building was started
during the reign of Ghazi-ud-din Haider, and completed by Nasir-ud-din
It formed a part of the Chhattar Manzil Palace complex, and was meant to serve as a residence for the king's begums while the king himself resided in the Farhat Baksh Palace.
Darshan Vilas, also known as the Chaurukhi Kothi, or the 'House of Four Faces' was so called "because each side of the building represented a facade of another of Lucknow's European buildings."
While the front was an imitation of the Dilkusha Palace, its rear portion was based on the riverside facade of the Farhat Baksh.
The remaining two sides were built in accordance with the architectural pattern followed at the Musabagh Palace. Kothi Darshan Vilas has been famous as the Palace of Qudasia Mahal, the wife of king Nasir-ud-din Haider. Today it houses the Directorate of Medical Health.