Mumbai Memoir 112- Iconic Buildings of Old Mumbai
As I take my morning walks in South Mumbai, it’s a joy to pass by iconic institutions and building structure of Mumbai which still stand strong even after their creators are no more today.
The British rulers of Bombay (now Mumbai) were the first to sow the seeds of urbanization. Most of the Governors of the British East Indian Company wanted to give a ‘London like’ make-over to the city. With modern infrastructural set ups of those times, the Company, and later the British Crown and few prominent India philanthropist transformed Bombay from a laid-back hamlet into a buzzing hub of educational and commercial importance.
Below are few photographs of Mumbai’s iconic institutions and building structures which remind every Mumbai’kar like me to acknowledge the efforts put in by visionaries, both colonial and natives to lay the foundations on which Mumbai stands strong today.
Mural depicting Bombay’s maritime activities during the nineteen century- Lion Gate, Fort. Photo Courtesy: Aditya Chichkar.
‘London-like look’ of Mumbai! Elphinstone College (Right) & Oriental Buildings in South Mumbai. Photo edited by Aditya Chichkar.
Old photograph of Grant Medical College & J.J Hospital, Byculla.
Old look of G.T Hospital (up) & St. George Hospital, CST. Photo edited by Aditya Chichkar
My alma mater, University of Mumbai.
Giving with open hands! Statue of David Sassoon installed in the David Sassoon Library & Reading Room, Kala Ghoda.
Mumbai’s heritage at its best! Illuminated exteriors of David Sassoon Library and Reading Room, Kala Ghoda. Photo courtesy: Aditya Chichkar.
Silent witness to Mumbai’s growth- Bombay Cotton Mill & Estate. Remains of a cotton mill at Cotton Green (Central Mumbai) Photo courtesy: Aditya Chichkar.
Asiatic Society & Central Library that houses the marble statue of Jaggannath ‘Nana’ Shankershet, who was a Nationalist Philanthropist associated to the library! Photo edited by Aditya Chichkar.