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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Mumbai Deco

The city also has a remarkable assemblage of Art Deco buildings, sampled here. For more on this topic, see Bombay Art Deco Architecture: A Visual Journey (1930-1953) by Navin Ramani, 2007.

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Some are office buildings, in this case the headquarters (built 1939-43) of New India Assurance, 87 Mahatma Gandhi (formerly Esplanade) Road. Architects: Master, Sathe and Bhuta. C. M. Master was on the faculty of the University of Bombay.

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At the entrance, one of two sculptural panels.

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Its companion. Both were by N.G. Pansare (1910-68). Together, they present the usual pairing of agriculture and industry.

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The Regal Theater, 1933, with its stepped parapet. The architect was Charles, son of Fredrik William Stevens, the VT's architect.

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Most of the city's Art Deco buildings, however, are residential, including an extraordinary lineup on the west side of the Bombay Gymkhana grounds.

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A typical apartment building in this neighborhood. Built in the 1940s and designed by Poonegar and Billimoria, it's the Firuz Ara at 160 Queens Road (Maharshi Karve Road).

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Another, the Empress Court, from 1937-38, at 142 Queens Road.

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A third.

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The apartment entrances are often elegantly signed.

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Perhaps a little less striking. The architect was Gajanan B. Mhatre. The address is 156 Queens Road.

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At 152 Queens Road, Palm Court is from 1933-30 and was another building by Gajanan B. Mhatre. The entrance is magnified by color and bold chevrons, even if the bike brings it down a notch.

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144 Queens Road: Rajajb Mahal, from 1933-39. Architect: Merwanji Bana and Co.


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