The capital city of Yemen, Sana'a is one of the oldest populated cities in the world. Historically, its strategic location has allowed it to control the movement of trading networks, governing access from the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean to the Red Sea ports. Sana'a has been a site rich in Islamic architectural history since the seventh century, when Islam was largely adopted in Yemen. Sana'a's architectural heritage is a culmination of influences and styles; containing elements of Umayyad, Rasulid, and Ottoman architecture. Particular to Sana'a is a vibrant tradition of vernacular architecture, known for its use of carved timber, stone, and stepped masonry in multi-level houses. The western city has historically been the site of palatial architecture, including the notable Ayyubid "Sultan's Garden." Other notable complexes include a number of caravanserais and public hammams. In 1974, legislation required that all new buildings be executed in accordance with the traditional Yemeni styles. In 1986, the old city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of the Old City has since been destroyed, as a result of bombings throughout 2015.
The house was built by Imam al-Mansour who ruled Yemen in the 14th century. The eastern room is the oldest part of the house. It is most rmud structure, detailing, and the use of the circular alabaster windows. These features added to the importance and greatness of the palace as a whole. The eastern room served as a sitting room for the Imam. The palace was later expanded in the 1930s. In 1993 Universal Travel & Tourism in Yemen took the palace and began restoring and renovating the palace to serve as a meeting place and tourist attraction. Internal and external restoration, renovation and interior decorations were done. The unique skills of Yemeni architects and craftsmen were used to restore the house to its original state and to be as an example of 14th century house type. This restoration project is part of the larger Old Sana'a conservation project.