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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Mumbai / Bombay Neo-Gothic: Photo 11

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Adjoining the old secretariat on the north, this is Bombay University's Great University (or Rajabai) Tower (1869-78). Bombay was rich enough to attract heavy architectural guns from London, including Sir Gilbert Scott, commissioned in this case by Premchand Raichand--from whose mother, named Rajabai, the tower takes its popular name. For a long time, this was the tallest structure in the city. If it looks familiar, perhaps that's because Scott had a major hand in building Victorian London, including the St. Pancras Station and the Albert Memorial. Then again, Scott was drawing from older models, including Giotto's campanile in Florence. The clock formerly chimed "God Save the Queen" and, shifting from the patriotic to the nostalgic, "Home Sweet Home." Scott himself was much too busy to inspect either the site or the building.

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