Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Colonial BB&CI Railway administrative building, Mumbai

BBCIR administrative building, Mumbai. Flickr

Above image: Bombay Baroda & Central India Railway Administrative Offices - Bombay - 1899, Churchgate St, Bombay.


During the British Raj directly under the British Crown, London,  Bombay Baroda & Central India Railway's successful operations encouraged them to have a separate administrative building and their preferred location was across from the Church gate station. The architect chosen for the job was none other than FW Stevens, who had already gained good name and become a busy architect. In 1893, the 
BB&CI Railway commissioned Stevens to design their new administrative offices; unlike VT, this building was meant for  BB&CI office and staff accommodation only.

BBCIR 's EmblemWikipedia

The beautiful and majestic building, designed in Indo-Saracenic styles blended with Venetian Gothic elements, is made mostly of  rough-hewn blue basalt stone (volcanic rock) with white Porbunder stone for the domes, It is more or less similar to VT building and one can not miss the exotic oriental look of the building brought out by the smaller chattri-style domes that surround the main dome. A nicely sculptured figure  on the gable holds a train in her right hand and is supported by a cog wheel to her left.
BB&CI building. bombaywalla.org/
Above image:  Note the  monogram of ‘BBCIR’ atop the building. Now the HO of Western Railway.  It is in the safe hand of a proud lion (and crow). The Bombay, Baroda & Central India (BB&CI) Railway Administrative Offices. Architect: F.W. Stevens, who had already designed some famous buildings in Bombay (Mumbai). ...............

2013 happened to be  an important anniversary year for the Indian Railways and their buildings. The first passenger train left Bombay for Thana on April 16th 1853, 160 years ago, hauled by three locomotives named Sindh, Sultan and Sahib.
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