Newly Completed Crawford Market Mumbai- Old Photo 1870

Old 1870 photo of a newly completed Crawford Market in Bombay, now Mumbai. A rare glimpse of an early view of the market. Named after the energetic municipal commissioner, Arthur Crawford. And still known familiarly as Crawford Market despite its change of name to Mahatma Jyotiba Phule.

Crawford was a dynamic city planner. He with the then Bombay Governor Bartle Frere’s backing introduced zoning laws, modern building practices, created health programs. He had also promoted the market that remains a notable success. The building was originally designed by Russell Aitken, a series of sheds. For piece goods bazaar, but it required a more extensive layout.

William Emerson through a competition submitted the winning design for the new market. Completed in 1869 it was an excellent example of British architecture in the city. J L Kipling the father of Rudyard Kipling designed the decorative panels. The panels are still admired today for their intricate design and sculpture. This is possibly one of the earliest photographs of the newly completed Crawford Market building in Mumbai. Click on the photo for better view.

Read about A Guide To Some Of The Most Historic Buildings. See post Crawford Market Mumbai – Old Photo 1905.

Did you know- that Emerson even designed the market fountain with carved alligators, dog, and bear spouts, and the reclining river Goddess plaques. 

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8 x 6 inches

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British photographer