W for Watson

19 March, 2013
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Balcony: The Esplanade Hotel (1871)

Esplanade Road, Fort, (presently Esplanade Mansion, Mahatma Gandhi Road).

In the early hotel trade in Bombay, leading proprietors’ names were synonymous with their hotels. The Esplanade Hotel was popularly called Watson’s Hotel, after John Watson, the English proprietor and merchant.

Notice the monogram ‘W’ on the balcony railing.

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