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Claude Batley F.R.I.B.A., F.I.A.A., (17 October 1879 in Ipswich - 20 March 1956, Bombay) was an English architect who as practitioner, teacher and President of the Indian Institute of Architects from 1921 to 1923, played an influential role in development of modern architecture in India in the first half of the 20th Century.


Born in Ipswich in 1879 and educated at Ipswich School, Batley served his articles locally and in London leaving for India in 1913. In Bombay he started a successful independent architectural practice in 1917 with partners Gregson and King, a firm of architects which is still extant under the name of Gregson, Batley and King.

Among his works are the Bombay Gymkhana (1917); Lincoln House (1933), previously Wankaner House, Breach Candy; Bombay Central Station (1930); South Court or popularly now known as Jinnah House, (1935); Round Building (1937), Cusrow Baug in Colaba Causeway (1937–59) and its Agiary, known as The Seth Nusserwanji Hirji Karani Agiary (1938), Bombay Club (1939) later Hotel Nataraj and now Inter-Continental Mumbai, Lalbhai House (1942) and Breach Candy Hospital (1950).

He became a visiting professor in the J. J. School of Art in the year 1914, and its principal in the year 1923. He held this post for a period of 20 years, during which he took his students on trips all over the country making measure drawings of buildings of architectural significance. He spent a lot of time in research and documented Jaipur's architecture. He was the president of the "Bombay Architectural Association" (now merged into The Indian Institute of Architects) from 1925 to 1926.

He died in the mid-1950s in one of the buildings he had designed—the Bombay Club.


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Dispatch Times

Dispatch Times
Mon, 14 Sep 2015 21:41:15 -0700

The deal was not done in less time; the first deal was Rs. British architect Claude Batley had designed Lincoln House. It was put available on the market 4 years in the past, after the consulate was relocated to a purpose-built compound in a more ...


Sat, 12 Sep 2015 14:00:00 -0700

This beautiful home, originally called South Court, was built on Mount Pleasant Road (now Bhausaheb Hirey Marg), by famous British architect Claude Batley and completed in the late 1930s at the cost of R2 lakhs. He appointed a Muslim clerk, an English ...

maharashtra times

maharashtra times
Sat, 19 Sep 2015 12:07:30 -0700

हा बंगला प्रख्यात इंग्रज आर्किटेक्ट क्लाऊड बेटली (Claude Batley) यांनी युरोपिअन आर्किटेक्चर पद्धतीने बांधला व याकरिता इटालियन मार्बल, साग आणि अक्रोडच्या झाडाचे लाकूड (walnut woodwork) ...

Mumbai Mirror

Mumbai Mirror
Sat, 06 Jun 2015 12:30:00 -0700

This small shop still cranks up its shutters each morning, more than 80 summers after it opened at the corner of Elysium Mansion bang opposite the Claude Batley designed Cusrow Baug enclave. Actor and lawyer robes and home linen to heirloom carpets, ...

DAWN.com (blog)

DAWN.com (blog)
Wed, 31 Dec 2014 02:54:29 -0800

From Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan to Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari, political leadership in Pakistan has traditionally been the dominion of the rich. Back then, Pakistan's independence movement was led by the Muslim elite. Today, another generation ...


Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:37:30 -0800

The bungalow was built in the 1930s by British architect Claude Batley for a textile merchant Maneklala Chunilal Chinai. It is learnt that the place is now owned by his successors who are keeping the matter low-key as they intend to keep the property ...


Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:21:25 -0700

Architect Claude Batley's name cropped up often. “Unlike FW Stevens or George Wittet, who created monumental buildings that were conservative in design, Batley's strength was his use of domestic architecture and fabric. This professor from Sir JJ ...


Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:33:45 -0700

Was there debate over what architecture was appropriate when you were a student? When I was a student, the Beaux Arts system adapted to Indian conditions by (English architect) Claude Batley was prevalent. Teaching was centred on historical styles.

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