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A Joint EnterpriseIndian Elites and the Making of British Bombay$
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Preeti Chopra

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670369

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670369.001.0001

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Anglo-Indian Architecture and the Meaning of Its Styles

Anglo-Indian Architecture and the Meaning of Its Styles

(p.31) 2 Anglo-Indian Architecture and the Meaning of Its Styles
A Joint Enterprise

Preeti Chopra

University of Minnesota Press

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

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