Reviving Watson's hotel in Mumbai

A first-time visitor to the city could be forgiven for not recognising the unique building which had once been way ahead of its time - the Watson’s Hotel alias Esplanade Mansion at Kala Ghoda.

Two years after it made it to the New York-based World Monuments Fund (WMF) list of “100 Endangered Monuments”, efforts are afoot to protect the heritage building.

All the building materials for the handsome 5-storeyed cast iron frame structure, equipped with 130 rooms, were imported from England. The red stone plinth and the bases of the columns came directly from the town of Penrith in Cumberland, the county from which Watson hailed.

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