Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bombay's architectural heritage?

Bombay's architectural Heritage is exceptionally rich. It blends Gothic, Victorian, Art Deco, Indo-Saracenic as well as contemporary architectural styles. Bombay, even has the second largest number of Art Deco buildings in the world, after Miami.

Sadly, too many of these amazing heritage buildings have fallen into disrepair. For instance, the Watson’s Hotel – India's oldest surviving cast iron building – got listed in 2005 on the list of "100 World Endangered Monuments" by the World Monuments Fund, a New York-based NGO

Regardless of the establishment of the Heritage Committee, which brings together architects, historians and citizens so as to preserve Bombay’s tradition architectural heritage, it seems that the Government's desire and resources attributed to the safeguard of its heritage very limited are. Sad.

Would you known of any interesting initiative (Private or Public) to preserve the city’s architectural heritage, please feel free to post a comment.

Cheers, Jérémie

PS: those shabby buildings do make great photographs.


  1. Check out that article about the Watson's Hotel:

  2. Wow! Must have taken quite some digging to discover these gems. Am an amateur photographer myself Moved to India recently, wanted to shoot Victoria Terminus station, never got permissions.