What's your CST quotient?
In May 1888, FW Stevens signed off his opus, the Victoria Terminus that was an icon for the premier city of the Raj. We salute the structure that was once the second most photographed monument in the subcontinent, after the Taj Mahal
The interior of the majestic central dome inside the Chhatrapati Shivaji (formerly Victoria) Terminus. Pic/Dhara Vora
Which of these visionaries was the architect of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)?
a) GG Scott
b) FW Stevens
c) Charles Stevens
An angular view of CST with the BMC Building to the left
Which of these styles is most obvious at the CST?
a) Neo Gothic
b) Italian Renaissance
c) Art Deco
The Star Chamber above the main hallway is so called for the gold-painted stars that dot the ceiling
By what name is statue built atop the central dome of the structure known as ?
Animals and birds from the Indian Subcontinent line the inner and outer façades of the structure
After which monarch was CST named?
a) King George V
b) Queen Elizabeth II
c) Queen Victoria
The staircase is a stunning example of Neo Gothic architecture
Apart from the tiger — to represent India, which other animal stands as a guardian at the entrance to the office block at CST?
The main plaque reminds passers-by of its historic legacy. Pics/Dhara Vora, Shadab Khan
Near which of the following former railways stations was CST built?
a) Wadi Bunder
b) Dana Bunder
By what name was the Central Railway, whose headquarters are housed at CST, formerly known as?
a) Bombay Baroda and Central India Railway
b) Great Indian Peninsula Railway
c) East Indian Railway Company
Which of the following prominent city individuals do not find their medallion portraits on the central portion of the western façade and the porch?
a) Lord Reay
b) Sir Bartle Frere
c) Lord Wellesley
Students of which educational institution had a role to play in some of the designs at the CST?
a) Sir JJ School of Architecture
b) St Xavier’s College
c) Mumbai University
Which of these following trains made history when it was recognised as India’s first luxury train, when it was flagged off on June 1, 1930 from the Terminus?
a) Flying Ranee
b) Deccan Queen
c) Rajdhani Express
Visit the Heritage Wing at CST for a glimpse back in time, which can be followed by a paid tour of the monument
>> The terminus took 10 years to make, and was completed at a cost of R16,35,562 for the offices alone and Rs 10,40,248 for the station.
>> The station was known as the Bombay Passenger Station, and was opened for traffic on January 1, 1882.
>> Frederick William Stevens died of malaria in 1900 and is buried at Sewri Cemetery. A street behind Regal Cinema is named after him.
>> FW Stevens himself drew the ornamental detailings of the terminus!
Information courtesy: A City Icon, Rahul Mehrotra & Sharada Dwivedi; Bombay Gothic, Christopher London
The case of the missing statue
The niche below the clock with the statue of Queen Victoria now lies empty as the statue vanished a few years after it was installed, and now lies untraceable!