Immortalised in bricks 'n' mortar

Published: Nov 12, 2011, 06:30 IST | Bipin Kokate

On Frederick William Stevens' birth anniversary yesterday, a tribute to the architect for his contribution to the Mumbai skyline

On Frederick William Stevens' birth anniversary yesterday, a tribute to the architect for his contribution to the Mumbai skyline


A portrait of Frederick William Stevens, the chief architect of CST, previously known as the Victoria Terminus, in a museum located on the ground floor of the CST building. The museum showcases his portrait and blueprints of his architectural drawings



A model of CST being displayed in the museum located on the ground floor of the building



Stevens was commissioned to build the terminus in 1877.  It took him 10 years to complete the structure for which he received a princely sum of Rs 5,000 as his fees



Stevens' other architectural contributions include the BMC headquarters opposite CST. Born in Bath, England in 1847, he died of malaria in 1900 in Mumbai



The CST building became a city landmark and a World Heritage site declared by UNESCO. Pics/Bipin Kokate


History
Frederick William Stevens (11 November 1847 - 3 March 1900) was an English architectural engineer who worked for the British colonial government in India. Stevens' most notable design was the railway station Victoria Terminus (re-christened Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus). Stevens' other unparalleled architectural contributions include the BMC headquarters opposite CST, the Royal Alfred Sailor's home (currently the Maharashtra State Police Headquarters in Colaba)

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