: Ernakulam, Kerala
Samuel S. Koder
Chess Board Pattern, Wooden Bridge
Constructed by 1808 by Jewish patriarch Samuel Koder of the Cochin Electric Company, this magnificent building is an example of the hybrid Indo-European style that developed in Cochin. Unique features of the Koder house are verandah seats at the entrance, interior floor tiles set in a chessboard pattern, red coloured brick like facade, a collection of wood carved furniture and a quaint wooden bridge running over Rose Lane onto a separate structure across the street are all unique to this house. Now this house is occupied by the family of Mr. Satu Koder, regarded as the patriarch of Cochin's ancient Jewish community.