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Crawford Market Mumbai – Rare Old Print 1874
This is a rare print of Crawford Market in Bombay or Mumbai of 1874. It is a 12 x 8 inches page from The Building News journal of Nov.27, 1874. The building was named after the municipal commissioner, Arthur Crawford. It was renamed Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market but is still familiarly known as Crawford Market.
Designed by the British architect William Emerson and is an excellent example of fine British architecture in Bombay. Emerson had also designed the beautiful Kipling Fountain situated in the outer courtyard. Lockwood Kipling designed the decorative panels on the fountain. The 128-foot high clock tower a mute spectator could be visible widely a long time ago. Notice there are no trams or tracks in front since the market opened only in 1871 and the Mumbai trams did not appear until 1874.
This is maybe one of the earliest images of it that is just three years after it was built.
Did you know- the structure has a 15-meter high awning allowing sunlight to stream inside.