Windows: Sayeed Building (1915)
In the early decades of the 20th century Grant Road gentrified, shedding its image as a district of bawdy play houses and shaping up into a neighbourhood with respectable homes, jewellery shops and cafes.
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Windows: Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (1903)
Merewether Road and Strand Road, Apollo Bunder.
Legend has it that the Indian industrialist Jamsetji Tata begun the Taj in 1903, in retaliation for being denied admission into the European run and owned Esplanade Hotel or Watson’s Hotel in Bombay. This account is highly implausible.
The Esplanade Hotel hosted Indian guests as early as 1871, the year of its opening. Three young Bengalis, fresh from passing the Civil Service Examination in England in 1871, stayed at the Esplanade before their return to Calcutta.
In another popular account Tata begun the Taj after being barred from entering Pyrke’s Apollo Hotel in Bombay. This is also an implausible anecdote.
Apollo Hotel (1887) was run by a Parsi proprietor, Hormusji Modi. E. W. Pyrke was made a partner proprietor only in late 1904, a year after the Taj had opened, and after which the business was conducted under the modified name of Pyrke’s Apollo Hotel.
This post is dedicated to the cities, citizens and structures that have been brutally attacked by terrorists in recent months.
‘Shine on’ says photographer Hersh Acharya.
Windows: Victoria and Albert Museum (1872)
Victoria Gardens, Parel Road, Byculla.
(presently Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr. Ambedkar Road).
There were no plans to include Prince Albert’s name along with Queen Victoria’s in the title of the proposed museum in Byculla. But with Albert’s sudden death on 14th December, 1861, at the age of 42, it was thought fitting to include his name in the title of institution.
When the Victoria Museum and Garden’s Committee asked whether the sprawling gardens surrounding the museum should also bear Albert’s name, the secretarial office in London clarified: ‘it is Her Majesty’s wish that the Horticultural Gardens should be considered under her peculiar and personal patronage and protection.’
Windows: Air India Building (1974)
The iconic Air India Building, designed by the American architect John Burgee, is the most strikingly modern symbol of the national carrier. It is surprising choice of structural design given how the other branding of the airline- the delightful turbaned mascot, the Maharajah, the sari-clad airhostesses and the in-flight Indian music, meals and movies- reflects a more traditional, national style.
Have a look at our gallery of photos above, shot by Hersh Acharya. The Air India Building is lit in green in the last shot.