George Wittet and Baroque Bombay

Mar 06, 2014, 09:46 IST | Dhara Vora

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Sir JJ College of Architecture, professor Mustansir Dalvi has curated an exhibition of drawings of the building made by the students, and old and new photographs, currently on display at the David Sassoon Library

Of the many styles of architecture seen in the city, Edwardian Baroque is one of the prominent ones. Get a glimpse of this style of architecture at the exhibition, titled 78/3 DN Road — George Wittet’s Edwardian Baroque Gem.

George Wittet

The exhibition has been curated by professor Mustansir Dalvi of Sir JJ College of Architecture, and displays drawings, old and new photographs and text related to the college building that George Wittet had designed. This documentation was done by the students of the college.

The C-shaped building of Sir JJ College of Architecture was designed by George Wittet. It was completed in 1910. Pics/Dhara Vora

“Earlier, the building was home to the pottery section (Sir George Clarke Technical Laboratories and Studios). It was later converted into the college of architecture,” says Dalvi.

The exhibition is on at the lobby of David Sassoon Library

Wittet was also re-organised the architectural education into a four-year course. He also designed the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya and the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA).

Of the drawings of the building

R.I.P. George Wittet
Plot CS-12-1-13: It’s the site at Sewri Cemetery where George Wittet (d: 1926) lies buried. According to its records, his name is entered. Yet when one visits the actual plot, there is no trace of his epitaph or tombstone; it has been buried over. A tragic reminder of how we respect our city’s founding fathers. The Scottish architect created a renaissance of Indian architecture among young architects of the time. This consulting Architect to the Government of Bombay had a successful practice that was cut short, tragically, by dysentery, when he was 48.
— Fiona Fernandez

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