Newly Completed Gateway Of India Mumbai 1924
An old 1924 photo that shows the newly completed Gateway of India in Bombay, now Mumbai. The workers are busy giving finishing touches to the iconic monument. Located in an area known as Apollo Bunder close to Fort in South Mumbai. Apollo Bunder is opposite to another famous Bombay landmark the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
The Gateway was built to commemorate the unique visit of the royal couple King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. The only British Monarch to visit India during the whole of the British Raj era. The Royal visit was of great importance because King George V laid the cornerstone for the establishment of India’s new capital- New Delhi.
Among all the plans and designs submitted, British Architect George Wittet’s design was chosen. He had earlier designed the Triumphal Arch erected to welcome the royal couple on their proposed arrival at Apollo Bunder in 1911. George Wittet had acquired a great deal of experience by this time. He had an impressive list of buildings that he had designed in the Indo-Saracenic style.
Which included the Prince of Wales Museum and the Royal Institute of Sciences building in Bombay. During 1913-14, Wittet placed various plans and models of the Gateway of India for public review. Till the final plan and consolidations were prepared by August 1914. During the years 1914-15, work began for building the infrastructure by reclaiming land from the sea. By 1924 the construction of the Gateway of India completed, this rare photo shows the final finishing work in progress. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know- that Sir Jacob Sassoon the Jewish industrialist of Bombay donated a sum of Rs 3 lakhs for the construction of the monument at that time.
From the collection-11 Picture Postcards On Raja Ravi Varma Oil Paintings., Old Book – From Lisbon To Calicut 1956