John Sanday describes the restoration of the Hanuman Dhoka royal palace in the center of the Kathmandu Valley. He chronicles damage the structure has suffered, and the restoration work performed. He explains in detail the installation of steel reinforcement, a measure intended to protect the building from further earthquake damage. He later discusses the development of a roofing technology suitable for the monsoons. Sanday reflects on his collaboration with local craftsmen, and their methods of brick and wood construction.