The Iconic Asiatic Library In Mumbai Gets A Makeover
The place that has been in far too many movies, the steps that have been a part of myriad clichéd group photos, and the library that has given the gift of knowledge to those who yearned for it.
The 184-year-old Asiatic library in Mumbai recently got a renovated town hall, and was inaugurated by the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday.
In 2009, the government recognised heritage buildings that needed repairing and Rs 8.5 crores were assigned to this library for its beautification.
It took Abha Narain Lambha, the architect behind the project, and his team a good 6 months to repair the town hall. The iconic steps will be renovated over the next 6 weeks.
The CM said that the new town hall will now be open to filmmakers to shoot on holidays.
The teakwood was brought in from Myanmar to keep the original look intact. Off-white walls and pillars with a touch of gold borders look simple yet royal.
Though the hall is not yet open to the public, people can use the temporary reading room till then.
While we’re not sure when the whole library building will be open to the public, we promise to keep you posted.
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