BMC ELECTIONS 2022: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has one of the most iconic office buildings. The building is an amalgamation of Venetian Gothic architecture and Indo-Saracenic architecture, because at the time the building was under construction, oriental substances and elements were fashionable. The building was designed by Frederick William Stevens, who worked for the British colonial government.
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Neo-classical styles have produced some of the most notable landmarks and the BMC office building is one of them. The building has a marvelous main tower, winged allegorical figures, beautiful scalloped arches and multiple oil paintings acting as icing on the cake.
The outer compound of the BMC office building houses the statue of Sir Pherozeshah Mehta, the father of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. He drafted the Municipal Act of 1872 which led to the transformation of BMC council seats to be filled by election rather than appointment.
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The entrance for corporation staff and the public features a staircase with two lions with serpent tails on both sides. The lions represented dominion over land, air and water – a concept inspired by Venetian lions. The building is dripping with symbolism like this. Every element of the BMC office is integrated into the design to give a “voice” to the building.
Interestingly, the BMC office initially did not have a mayor’s office. It was not until Vitthal Bhai Patel – elder brother of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel – took over the helm of the company in 1924 and requested an office at the office headquarters.
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Last year, BMC, in a joint venture with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), announced the start of heritage walks every weekend. The walks are organized so that the citizens know the heritage and the intricate details of the building.
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