Jamsetji Tata’s residence wins Unesco honour for restoration

Heritage Fort Building Restored Over 13 Years

Built in 1885, Esplanade House, the grand private residence of industrialist Jamsetji Tata, gradually fell to seed over the decades. However, its fortunes turned after a period of neglect. As funds streamed in over a period of 13 years, the crumbling three-storey edifice located in the Fort area was restored to its former grandeur.

It was reward enough for its owners, but the icing on the cake came on Tuesday . The restoration of Esplanade House won an Honourable Mention at the 2014 Unesco Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Located opposite Bombay Gymkhana, this listed heritage building now houses the headquarters of the RD Sethna Scholarship Fund which owns the building. The upper storeys have been leased out to private companies as office space.

Bella Jaisinghani

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