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View of the stairwell in Empress Court, Oval Maidan

2019/2019

Art Deco Mumbai

Art Deco Mumbai
Mumbai, India

Detail view of the oval shaped stairwell of Empress Court. This building is situated at the junction of Maharshi Karve Road and Dinshaw Vacha Road in Churchgate neighbourhood of South Mumbai. It was designed by Gajanan B. Mhatre, 20th century Bombay's most prolific Deco architect. The structure's elongated form and curved contours were influenced by the sleek, streamlined designs of contemporary automobiles - indicative of speed, power and movement. Empress Court's owners, now the fourth generation, still live in this building.

This building is a part of 'The Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai', a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was inscribed to the list on June 30, 2018.

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