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2005 Award of Excellence

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

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A Renaissance Revival architectural gem, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai has been restored to its historical splendor through a pioneering public-private partnership between the municipality of Mumbai, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation.

Through a holistic conservation plan, which has addressed both the museum building and the collection, the project establishes a new benchmark in the conservation of museums for India and the region. By modernizing the internal infrastructure while paying careful attention to restoring the decorative details of the building, the project has demonstrated a balanced approach between the refined mastery of conservation techniques and the support of crafts skills. Accordingly, the project has succeeded in sparking the revival of fading techniques such as gilding and stencil work.

The building now stands as a unique testimony to the development of Victorian architecture in the context of the hybrid building and crafts traditions of nineteenth century India, as well as to the civic traditions embodied in one of the country’s earliest museums.