This world heritage site in Mumbai is a railway station, formerly called the Victoria Terminus. It is the busiest station in India and was built, as you might guess, by the British. It was formally opened in 1887 on Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and subsequently becoming a symbol of the city’s status as a major trading port.
The architect, F. W. Stevens, designed a massive High Victorian Gothic pile, “based on late medieval Italian models”, according to UNESCO. It certainly has an impressive collection of twiddly bits, while anyone familiar with St Pancras station in London will probably have a twinge of deja vu.
To this Victoriana were added aspects inspired by Indian palace architecture – the turrets, pointed arches and groundplan are cited in the UNESCO listing.
Inside it has a reasonably ornate booking hall but beyond some decorative ironwork, the rest of the public interior didn’t appear that to have that much ornament. Much of the building is railway offices however, so I can’t answer for how that looks inside.
The columns in the entrances at the front of each side wing have some lovely carvings of animals and plants.
For the Lego model, I attempted to build something based on this facade of the north wing, which holds the booking office on the ground floor. It isn’t easy to get a clear photograph, so sorry about that.
You’ll see that I’ve not bothered reproducing the big white modern sign. You will also notice that is is pretty crummy photograph. I had to venture up onto the roof of my hotel and balance the model on an air conditioning unit in front of the drying laundry in order to get it in the light of the sinking sun.
To make up for that picture, here’s a bonus extra one of stone monkeys on a column capital.