Mumbai’s Gothic & Art Deco

Befitting its status as a global trading centre and one of the major cities of the British Empire, Bombay (now known as Mumbai) undertook an ambitious urban planning project in the second half of the 19th century.

Ensembles of public buildings were constructed around the Oval Maidan, first in the Victorian Neo-Gothic style and then, in the early 20th century, in Art Deco.

The Victorian ensemble includes Indian elements suited to the climate, including balconies and verandas.

Art Deco cinemas and residential buildings blend Indian design with Art Deco imagery, creating a unique style that has been described as ‘Indo-Deco’.

You can explore this rich architectural heritage and the stories behind the facades on our expert led architecture walks.

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