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2009 Award of Merit

YMCA Students Branch

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Jury Citation

The restoration of the YMCA Students Branch in Mumbai has revived the heritage character of the noteworthy 1910 Neo-classical landmark. The project has used an appropriately modest approach to preserve the building, which has maintained the spirit of place of this well-loved community institution. Inappropriate repairs undertaken to accommodate a previous bank tenant were removed, allowing the heritage features to be revealed. The interiors were also refurbished and adapted to accommodate the YMCA’s growing uses. The façade was carefully cleaned, thereby uplifting the entire historic streetscape. Undertaken with support from the US Ambassador’s Cultural Preservation Fund, the project has given the YMCA building a new lease on life.