Kothi Hayat Baksh was built for Nawab Saadat Ali Khan, who
was a keen builder and liked European architectural styles.
General Claude Martin built this opulent Kothi for him. The Kothi was later awarded by the Nawab to Martin as his residence, and came to be known as Banks House when Major Banks occupied it.
In 1873, when George Cooper was the resident, spacious lawns were created around the Kothi, and a ballroom was added as late as 1907.
After Independence, Kothi Hayat Baksh became the residence of the Governor and came to be known as Governor House.