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Public Works Office Building Mumbai 1872 Old Photo

This rare early photograph was once owned by the Public Works Office Building (PWD) Bombay, now Mumbai. The photo is from 1872 which is shortly after the completion of the building. The British Architect Colonel H S Wilkins designed the Public Works Department building in the Gothic style. And was completed in 1872 under the supervision of Col. J A Fuller and J H E Hart.

The structure was enlarged in 1895  with an additional wing–an annexe–facing west. The main entrance is on Veer Nariman Road facing north. The cost was a consideration for the British government at the time. But some materials particularly the stones were substituted with slightly lesser quality. The PWD building is located just across from the General Post Office in Mumbai, with almost the same building design.

The foreground shows the Flora fountain with the Flora statue standing majestically. View my post- Antique Print Bombay Frere Fountain or Flora Fountain. Read also- Bombay Rising. 

Did you know- F W Stevens the designer of Victoria Terminus Station or Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus (CST) served in the PWD as an assistant engineer before getting the coveted offer to design the CST building in 1878.  

From the collection- Vintage Postcard Raja Ravi Varma’s Portrait.,  Old Photo- Mumbai Racecourse Bombay 1880., Antique Print The Elephants Of The Rajah Of Travancore.,  St Stephen’s Church Ooty Hills – Vintage Postcard 1900


The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.

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8 x 6 inches

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P. Vuccino & Co, Bombay