Reclamation For The Gateway Of India Bombay, 1914 Photo
A rare 1914 photo shows the reclamation work going on before the Gateway of India in Bombay was to be built. The area is known as the Apollo Bunder or Wellington Pier. The land was originally reclaimed in 1830 as a fishing boat landing area. It was later used as a landing jetty for passengers arriving by steamers. By 1914 reclamation work took place to enlarge the Apollo Bunder for the building of the Gateway of India (see photo).
King George V and Queen Mary visited the 1911 Delhi Durbar. They landed at Bombay’s Apollo Bunder where a magnificent but temporary plaster arch was erected. To commemorate their visit a permanent structure, the Gateway of India, was built. This rare photo shows the reclamation work in progress. Partly visible on the left is the Royal Bombay Yacht Club. The iconic Taj Mahal Hotel faced the Apollo Bunder (not pictured here).
Did you know- that George Wittet architect of the Gateway of India got his design inspiration from the Triumphal Arch of Constantine, Rome, Italy.
From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s Portrait Photo – Old Postcard 1904., Madras Water Supply Red Hills Lake – Old Postcard 1907., The Madras Iron Pier – Old Print 1863., View Of Cochin – Antique Hand coloured Plan 1704