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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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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:34:57 -0800

Andheri to Agripada, centuries-old colonies bequeath shelter and serenity to generations. Like the eccentric inhabitants, each has a quirk or quality... If Cusrow Baug on Colaba Causeway boasts Claude Batley-designed blocks lettered all the way from A ...


Sun, 13 Sep 2015 17:11:15 -0700

Leading British architect Claude Batley, whose workincludes landmarks such as the Bombay Gymkhana, had designed the Lincoln House. In a sluggish property market, this is the second large bungalow transaction that has taken place in the past week.

Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:12:28 -0700

'Deco on the oval' is on till August 15, 10.30am to 5pm (except Sundays), at The Claude Batley Gallery, Sir JJ College of Architecture, DN Road. Art Deco in the spotlight. Deco on the Oval, an ongoing exhibition at Sir JJ College of Architecture ...


Fri, 23 Oct 2015 12:41:15 -0700

When conservationist Abha Narain Lambah was working on restoring the century-old Mani Bhavan, which is now home to a Gandhi museum, she was faced with a problem. She needed tiles—old tiles, to be specific. “Mani Bhavan, where Gandhiji used to stay ...


Sat, 12 Sep 2015 14:09:16 -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 ...

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 20:07:30 -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 ...

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