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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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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:30:00 -0800

It's little wonder then that English architect Claude Batley said this about the promenade, although he disagreed with other alterations suggested by the advisory committee: "If you have any doubt of its worthwhileness, watch the happy throngs of ...

Business Standard

Business Standard
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:09:49 -0800

... Mumbai Central railway station was showing five o'clock in the evening when 19-year-old Shraddha Parte, a student from nearby Navneet College looked at the free Wi-Fi signboards hanging from the high roofs, designed by British architect Claude Batley.

India Currents

India Currents
Mon, 02 Nov 2015 06:24:04 -0800

Jinnah asked for “a big reception room, a big verandah, and big lawns for garden parties,” recalled the architect Claude Batley as related by Akbar Ahmed. The new mansion with its wide balconies, broad high rooms, marble portico leading to the marble ...


Thu, 31 Mar 2016 19:26:15 -0700

In Boombay: From Precincts to Sprawl, Kamu Iyer describes English architect Claude Batley's plan suggesting that cross streets that had little or no traffic could be used as sleeping places at night and said that “not a single one of public gardens ...

The Express Tribune (blog)

The Express Tribune (blog)
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 11:02:08 -0800

Jinnah asked for “a big reception room, a big veranda, and big lawns for garden parties,” recalled the architect Claude Batley as related by Akbar Ahmed. The new mansion with its wide balconies, broad high rooms, and marble portico leading to the ...


Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:02:58 -0800

The majestic Claude Batley-built Cusrow Baug standing sentinel as our southernmost colony on Colaba Causeway boasts blocks lettered from A to U, but how quirkily mysterious that Blocks I, L, N and O are conspicuously absent. Way before the government ...

Business Standard

Business Standard
Fri, 04 Dec 2015 10:33:45 -0800

But the architect Claude Batley once described these constructions as "giving the impression of a rather badly fitting set of false teeth." The haphazard planning across Mumbai thereafter has rendered his statement obsolete. The five or six storey ...

Business Today

Sun, 13 Sep 2015 17:14:09 -0700

MUMBAI: Restriction on redevelopment and uncertainty over other approvals have led to the US consulates' South Mumbai property, Lincoln House at Breach Candy, being finally sold about Rs 100 crore below its initial reserve price of Rs 850 crore.

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