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2009 Honourable Mention

YWCA Lady Willingdon Hostel

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Jury Citation

The restoration of the YWCA Lady Willingdon Hostel has recovered the Neo-classical dignity of an important Victorian-era building in the heritage Fort precinct of Mumbai. The project has carefully reversed the deleterious effects of inappropriate past repairs and established protocols for proper conservation of the historic building fabric. Significant architectural details such as stained glass have been reinstated, thereby enhancing the architectural value of the hostel. Traditional construction materials and techniques have been revived and employed in the work. The judicious upgrade of building services allows this gracious edifice to continue to carry out its public mandate well into the future.