Esplanade Mansion's Renovation to start by May 13

The High Court directed MHADA to vacate the building and relocate its 200 tenants.The building which is close to the Sessions Court had been declared 'dangerous' in 2011.


Esplanade Mansion at Kala Ghoda is Mumbai's last surviving cast-iron building which will be renovated in May. The Bombay High Court on Wednesday ordered Maharashtra Housing Area and Development Authority (MHADA) to repair the building and relocate its 200 occupants. The building which is close to the sessions court had been declared 'dangerous' in 2011.

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The 150-year old building, which is also called as Watson's Esplanade Hotel was named after its original owner, John Watson. The building was fabricated in England and constructed on site between 1860 and 1863.,

With Rowland Mason Ordish being its architect, the building was an epitome of architecture in South Bombay with its external cast-iron frame closely resembling other high-profile 19th century buildings such as London's Crystal Palace. The building which was formerly a hotel has hosted renowned guests like Mark Twain and Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Notably, Army Restaurant which was in Esplanade Mansion was vacated by BMC due to the building's dilapidated condition.

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