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#Mumbai #India #Bollywood Mumbai is a really cool, hip city that's India's most populous but richest. It's home to Bollywood, movie stars, with great food, a bounty of Indo-Gothic, #artdeco and modern architecture, beautiful ocean sunsets, etc. Here's some of the good and bad. 1/ ImageImageImageImage
2/ #Mumbai #Bombay #ThenAndNow #BeforeAndAfter I overlaid maps from 1750, 1893, etc. atop my Google Maps composite. The original "fort" is still visible. Note Victoria Terminus (now Shivaji Terminus), Churchgate Station, etc. Click to zoom for detail. Image
3/ #Mumbai #architecture #trains – Mumbai/Bombay, India’s massive and soaring 1878 Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) train station is a #UNESCO site and took ten years to build. You might recognize it from movie #SlumdogMillionaire! Jai Ho! ImageImageImageImage
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À @laBnF une passionnante exposition revisite les différentes facettes du voyage d’exploration au 19e siècle, en mettant en avant explorateurs et exploratrices de tous pays mais aussi tous les acteurs des expéditions, depuis la préparation jusqu’à la publication ✨✨✨
Est notamment exposée une carte du sud de la province d’Oran imprimée sur tissu servant de chèche pour dissimuler l’entreprise de cartographie !
On y admire une magnifique #reliure #artdeco réalisée par Victor Prouvé et René Wiener pour l’album de la mission Moll au Congo-Cameroun destiné au président Falguière (médiathèque Jean Jaurès de Nevers) 🤩
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Empieza hoy un ciclo temático veraniego #CartelArte de los cárteles más famosos de la historia del arte, para el #TwitterCultural.

Comenzamos fuerte con el mejor y más caro cartel de la historia del cine, pintado por Heinz #Schulz_Neudamm para el film #Metrópolis.

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Diseñado y pintado, y luego trasladado a #litografía, éste es el modelo para la distribución alemana de la obra maestra del cine mudo de Fritz #Lang, #Metrópolis de 1927. El resto son variaciones (brillantes pero menos conocidas) de imágenes utilizadas para publicidad.

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Aquí el original junto al póster principal de la película.

Aunque el film es un ejemplo del #expresionismo alemán, el diseño es claramente #ArtDecó. Las variaciones se usaron para presentaciones, dolieres de prensa, tarjetas de estreno, variantes del póster ...

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Sigue el ciclo dedicado al movimiento #ArtsAndCrafts.

Se levanta el telón y se ve... No, mejor bajamos el telón, en concreto el telón de cristal del Palacio de Bellas Artes de la Ciudad de #México, obra maestra de Louis Comfort #Tiffany que os explicaré a continuación:

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El Palacio de Bellas Artes es un espacio cultural en la Ciudad de #México, construido en estilos #ArtNouveau y #ArtDeco. #Tiffany recibió el encargo de crear esta cortina de vidrio, única en el mundo, para que fuese el telón de un gran teatro.

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La imagen que aparece es un paisaje dominado por los volcanes nevados Ixtaccihuatl y Popocatépetl, visibles desde muchas partes de la Ciudad de #México, donde #Tiffany demuestra su gran interés en la naturaleza, la tecnología y el uso de nuevos materiales.

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La gare de #Chaville #Velizy figure parmi les 13 #gares labellisées jeudi « #patrimoine d’intérêt régional » par la Région @iledefrance. Comme son nom de l’indique pas, elle est en réalité située à @ville_viroflay (78)
Construite par la Cie de l’Ouest en 1900, son style architectural reprend celui de la villégiature de l’ouest francilien par mimétisme local. La création de la gare correspond d’ailleurs au développement d’un lotissement à @velizy… (© Archive famille TISON) ImageImage
2/13 La gare de @VilledePantin aussi fait partie des 13 #gares récemment labellisées « #Patrimoine d’intérêt régional » par la Région @iledefrance, dont 3 dans le département de @seinesaintdenis ⤵️
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Multiple #Oscars winner and #Hollywood studio executive , Cedric Gibbons (1890 - 1960) was born 121 years ago #OnThisDay.

There is some dispute as to whether he was born in #Ireland or in #Brooklyn

#GlobalIrishNation #IrishDiaspora #OTD #BOTD Image
2) Gibbons started out his career in the #movies in the art department of the #NYC based Edison Studios where his architect father Austin was employed. After serving in the @USNavy in #WWI. Gibbons, followed the migration of the film business to #Hollywood Image
3) Gibbons had a career of more than 30 years at @mgmstudios. He would become a founding member of @TheAcademy and design the famous #artdeco #Oscars statuette Image
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#72YearsOfLibertyCinema Inaugurated on 21 March, 1949. The Liberty Cinema, now a Grade-II Heritage Site and also known as “the showplace of the nation” was designed to be both “local and global, modern and traditional’’. M A Ridley-Abbott was appointed the architect (1/7)
Unfortunately, soon after the completion of the first floor, he died in a plane crash while travelling to England on holiday. J B Fernandes completed the construction work.
W. M. Namjoshi, an interior and furniture designer, created the distinctive décor of the theatre’s exterior and interior with the help of Habib Hoosein. One striking details of the cinema's exterior is the theatre’s name spelled out in neon and a streamlined piano keyboard (3/7)
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#72YearsOfLibertyCinema Celebrating the inauguration of the iconic Liberty Cinema.

The Art Deco gem was built by Habib Hoosein, who was trained in the cotton trade but whose real passion was film. He famously named it “Liberty” in honour of India’s independence (1/8) ImageImageImage
Moving away from Hollywood, it showed only Hindi films. "That a house of this kind should declare itself exclusive for Indian films is a matter of pride and pleasure to the industry." - Motion Picture Magazine, April 1949 (2/8) ImageImageImage
Hoosein’s son, Nazir, who was seven years old at the time, was present at the cinema’s inauguration and ceremoniously cut the ribbon. Habib Hoosein insisted the first screening be for the workers who had built the Liberty, and their families (3/8) ImageImageImage
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Mr. Shiavax Cawasji Cambata, a prominent businessman and owner of Eros Cinema, spared no expense in the making of this magnificent theatre (1/5)
After 5 years of careful thought and planning with experts from all parts of the world, Cambata successfully built an ultra-modern enterprise that stood higher than anything that was attempted in the Entertainment world of this country and many European cities (2/5)
The chairs of the theatre were designed after Mr. Cambata personally examined chairs of all types in Europe and America. The air conditioners were manufactured by Clarage Fan Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A (3/5)
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Eros cinema was designed with exquisite interiors to compliment its grand exterior.
The cinema theatre, claimed to be the most up-to date cinema of its time, was designed to produce the best possible acoustic properties (1/6) ImageImageImage
The perforated rubber cinema screen was the largest of its kind in India. The stage, measuring 46 feet by 26 feet was one of the largest in existence, and had an orchestra space to accommodate about 50 musicians (2/6) ImageImageImage
One of the highlights was the fire-proof safety curtain weighing two and a half tons, driven by motors – the only one of its kind in the whole of the East. The cinemas interior was surrounded with life-sized plaster reliefs, which were specially made by an Italian artist (3/6) ImageImageImage
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Ram-Nam, Marine Lines on Cinema Road, behind Metro cinema, the popular Art Deco picture palace in Dhobi Talao. #MeherMarfatia talks about its construction that obstructed the sea view. Resident of nearby Jehangir mansion, Pesi Khansaheb, paid Rs 4 extra a month - Rs 72
instead of Rs 68 for 4th floor sea views. Ram-Na m is a majestic streamlined street corner building with reeded spandrels and a cylindrical turret at the roof. Tanya George @tanyatypes says, "The lettering for the building name uses bold, geometric shapes. The stencil-like effect
created due to the lack of counter spaces creates a striking design. The letterforms are also quite similar to Milton Glaser’s famous Baby Teeth typeface seen in one of his most famous works, the Dylan poster. I wonder how much the design was influenced by the typeface
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Rajjab Mahal, Oval, 1936 - The curious case of the mullion & transom . Architects of that time took ownership for the overall design sensibility of the building. Apart from the facade, common spaces like the compound, compound walls, staircases, lobby, grilles, flooring, ImageImageImageImage
balconies and windows exhibited a harmonious aesthetic reflected through similar patterns, materials or the use of colours, all subtly pleasing to the eye. The diagonal mullion and horizontal transom in the stunning windows at Rajjab are a great example. They serve no purpose of
supporting the window frame but hold the glass panes in place. It's a visual element thoughtfully put in place by architect Merwanji Bana & Co. in consonance with the design patterns on the facade. Did you know that already? Sliding aluminium windows anyone?
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NM Petit Fasli Agiary, Churchgate, 1939, Designed by Gregson, Batley & King.
“Nasserwanji Maneckji Petit built the only Fasli place of worship existing even today, the N.M. Petit (Fasli) Atash Kedah at New Marine Lines” described as “perhaps the largest agiary in India and ImageImageImageImage
certainly the tallest fire temple.” - #Parsiana 2019 & 1979. A severely restrained treatment of wall surfaces and of features reminiscent of the early building traditions of the homeland of Prophet Zoroaster provide a modern interpretation of a temple. The guardian bulls were
sculptured by an Italian sculptor introduced by the firm of Art Floorings responsible for the pure white marble fire pavilion and the paving of the prayer hall. The bulls have been made the chief feature of the main facade and designed with a dignity, simplicity and scale that
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Marine Drive & the automobile, 1953.Archival pic from “Our Bombay,” a Dec. 1953 publication by Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) in which Prime Minister Nehru wrote: ‘A city, like a house, is not a mere collection of steel and brick, cement and mortar. It is the outward ImageImageImage
expression of the life of a community’. Marine Drive with 35 consecutive Art Deco sea facing buildings was the road to be on. The automobile brought speed, power, streamlined design, mobility and symbolised both success and affluence in a modern aspirational city. In these pics
Karl Bhote tells us we see a mix of primarily English and American cars. Convertibles were already falling out of favour, confirmed by only one seen at the bottom right, likely a Sunbeam Talbot drophead coupe. Since this is the pre 'Fiat Ambassador' days, we see mostly foreign
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Now you see them… now you don’t!
Desiree, Bandra; Godavari Kripa, Shivaji Park; Parimal, Shivaji Park; Sukrut, Shivaji Park. Art Deco buildings and precincts in Mumbai form a vital part of the city's urban landscape. Yet, many of them continue to disappear from our built ImageImageImageImage
environment due to the unrelenting demand for built space. This change has not only influenced the way we experience our public spaces, it has also resulted in the loss of modern living heritage. Your thoughts? #UrbanChallenges #TimeToRethink #OnceLostGoneForever
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Marble Arch, Cumbala Hill, 1940’s. Architect: Gajanan B. Mhatre, A.R.I.B.A. Despite the limitations of the apartment template, some architects like Claude Batley and G B Mhatre were creative and unique in their apartment designs, especially in the way their buildings were sited, ImageImageImageImage
proportioned and detailed. Mhatre’s later buildings, Marble Arch on Pedder Road was outstanding when built in the 1940s and remains so today. It is especially interesting in its site placement and entry way. Marble Arch is curved so that both sides are seen as you approach it
from Pedder Road. The building is not set back from the road uniformly. The logic of its orientation becomes clearer when you see that Marble Arch was part of a group of buildings set around an open space. The buildings, KumKum, Ark Royal and Windcliff, also designed by Mhatre,
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Built in 1936 by owner Phiroz Karai and positioned at the Oval directly opposite the majestic Victorian Gothic Bombay High Court, Russi Court was aptly renamed ‘Court View’. Consulting ‘shadow architect’ G B Mhatre created Bombay’s most striking frozen fountain. ImageImageImageImage
Writing in the 1937 Journal of the Indian Institute of Architects, he expressed his unhappiness at the assignment stating “the head room for the staircase is very little this being due to the mistake in the original layout of the plan. This gave me a lot of trouble in designing
as the owner approached me when the piles were actually driven-in and the super-structure commenced.” Such was the brilliance of His design that he went on to create an interior view of the fountain designed to bring natural light to Mumbai’s richest and stunning Deco stairwell.
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Shireen Mansion, Tardeo. One story explaining this motif, perched below the lettering of Shireen Mansion, is told by octogenarian Gool Mistry. Her parents were early tenants in the 1938-erected building. Their landlord Burjorji Bhesania's trade involved transporting grass bales ImageImageImageImage
between Bombay's seven islands in boats - so the nautical image. The theme was part of the prevailing Art Deco trend as well. Pre-independence Bombay architects toyed with non-colonial design. Ships, trains and planes, symbolising travel, speed and the surge to hit horizons
beyond the Arabian Sea, embellished new exteriors. Source: ‘Once Upon a City’ by #MeherMarfatia #PortHoleWindows #Nautical #Balustrade #NewelPost #Font #Lettering #CottonTrade #7Islands #Shirin #Shireen #Parsi #Tardeo #Bambai #ArtDeco #mumbai
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Mohini Mansion, Colaba.
In what's predominantly a box-like structure the stunning curves upfront seem to be the highlight the architect wanted to showcase. Legendary filmmaker G.P. Sippy (#Sholay, #Andaz, Seeta aur Geeta) financed his film #Sazaa ImageImageImage
after selling the construction rights of another Art Deco building - Gobind Mahal, on Marine Drive; and went on to make a film called ‘Marine Drive’ (1955)! In ‘Sholay, the making of a classic’ @anupama.chopra narrates that he had property interests, especially in Colaba
and Churchgate. He reportedly originated the idea of building a co-operative society where flats could be sold directly (as they were rented before); and mentions Mohini Mansion along with Churchgate Mansion, Anand Niwas and Gopal Mansion as some of the buildings he dealt with.
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Dil Pazir, Warden road, Breach Candy.

‘’Art Deco buildings also played with asymmetrical façade compositions. In Dil Pazir the rounded corner windows on the left side of the building are not replicated on the right. Likewise the projecting curving balconies are only on the right ImageImageImageImage
side and not symmetrically on both sides. Rectilinear corner sunshades or eyebrows mark the left corner of the elevation.’’ Vandana Baweja, Associate Prof., School of Architecture, Univ. of
Vijaya Pratap in The New Indian Express - “I stayed at Dil Pazir in Breach Candy area,
a palatial Parsi house with an old- world charm: round balconies, white painted wooden French doors fitted with long and high bolts, typical of that period, huge bedrooms attached with equally ample bathrooms, spacious corridors, luxurious halls etc.
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Baitul - Saadah, comes from the Arabic term 'Bait-ul-saad' meaning 'House of Happiness.' Off Warden road, Cumballa Hill
Owner: Cassimally Jairazbhoy. Architect: Yahya Cassumjee Merchant designed many buildings throughout India and was the winner of many awards including his work ImageImageImageImage
for Princess Kamala Raja Hospital, Gwalior in 1936; and the Qaid-E-Azam; Jinnah Mausoleum in Karachi which he regarded as a ‘statue in abstract form’ reflecting the personality of the man. Fatima Jinnah, ‘the Mother of the Nation’ in Pakistan and Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s sister,
commissioned him to construct the mausoleum. He taught architecture at J.J. College of Architecture, Bombay, India from 1943-1961 and called himself Jinnah’s ‘personal architect’. #ArchitectureWithoutBorders #BombaytoKarachi #history #Font #Lettering #IIA #ArtDeco #Mumbai #india
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The Petrol Filling Station at Worli. “Petrol filling stations are to be found all over the city of Bombay, but few there are in which aesthetics and refined publicity go hand-in-hand with utility. This one, situated at the junction of 80' and 100' roads at Worli Estate, Scheme No ImageImageImageImage
52, and planned in conjunction with a large block of flats to be built later, is an example of co-operation between client, tenant and architect.” Built at a cost of Rs 1.25 lakh.
Owner of Rustom Court - R. K. Irani, Esq.
Architects - Messrs. Patki, Jadhav & Dadarkar
Journal of IIA, July 1941. To ensure access many petrol pumps are strategically located at street corners. These prime locations are lucrative and commercial development looms constantly. #thenandnow
#vanishingpumps #rentcontrol #petrolpump #fuel #cars #artdeco #mumbai
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For 2020 I'm going to try the one photo a day challenge. I'll reply tip this each day with a photo.
Marble Kaleidoscope.

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Ganesha at Liberty Cinema. Late Nazir Hoosein (Owner of Liberty) relates: In 1994 Barjatya’s of Rajshri Productions wanted to release Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (HAHK). “We love your cinema, & we want to put our new picture here, but you’ll have to change the sound system.” Contd. ImageImageImage
I said, “It will cost me 10 lacs. What happens if your film bombs?” So they said “If it bombs, we’ll pay you whatever you’ve paid for the sound system.” I said done. No agreement, nothing. Just a good handshake. The rest, as they say, is history. Contd.
‘’From 5 Aug 1994, HAHK ran 44 consecutive house full weeks, a total of 125 weeks and about 2 million people saw it over 2,625 shows. I think that’s a record for a single screen theatre. The Ganesha was gifted by Rajshri’’. It still adorns the lobby. Contd.
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