Anglo-Indian Architecture and the Meaning of Its Styles

Preeti Chopra

in A Joint Enterprise

Published by University of Minnesota Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780816670369
Published online August 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781452947105 | DOI:
Anglo-Indian Architecture and the Meaning of Its Styles

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This chapter explores the architectural style of Bombay during the period roughly between the second half of the nineteenth century and World War I, a period when most of Bombay's public institutions were founded and the city's image as a Gothic Revival capital was established. It argues that the imperial styles—particularly Gothic Revival—of Bombay reflect the joint partnership between architects, engineers, craftsmen, native philanthropists, and the colonial government, as well as the new public arena they created, rather than simply the virtues of the colonial regime. It also shows what Bombay's Gothic Revival architecture meant to the colonial elite and its native population more generally.

Keywords: British Empire; architectural style; colonial architecture; Gothic Revival; colonial elite; native population

Chapter.  15381 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Architecture

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