Legends of David Sassoon Library
European employees who had been rendering their services in the Government Mint and also the Dockyard in Mumbai had initiated the Mechanics' Institution in the year 1847. This was done to offer technical education to adults and also for the purpose of delivering lectures. They were compelled to work in rented rooms till they finally shifted to their own building due to the efforts of Sir David Sassoon. The building was later termed as the David Sassoon Library and Reading Room.
Architecture of David Sassoon Library
G.E. Gosling and J. Campbell were the architects who had designed the building of David Sassoon Library. Yellow Malad stone has been employed to construct the library building whose construction was finally accomplished in the year 1870. The pillars of David Sassoon Library are of black (Deccan) trap and the covering is in casual rubble stonework. The ground floor smokescreen with the three-storied building has pointed arches. These are decorated with the white and black stripes protecting the walkway. This walkway is a distinguishing feature of the David Sassoon Library. The entrance hall with its multicoloured Minton floor tiles opens at the back into a garden. Above the entrance doorway, there is a white stone head of David Sassoon. The first floor is reached by a twisting wooden staircase. Towers at each corner and the central tower provide the building a church-like air.
Collections of David Sassoon Library
Above the entrance, there is a white stone bust of David Sassoon. This marble bust was Thomas Woolner's working model for the statue of Sasson standing at the front of the stairs of the David Sassoon Library. The David Sassoon Library and its Reading Room has provided the community well for several years, and also helped a number of students who inhabit the place. There is a big collection of series on art and architecture. The library houses some exceptional books, including a 1978 book of letters written to Queen Anne by her secretary. The building also has the Lund and Blockley opticians who have allegedly dishonoured the traditional norms while shifting the interiors.
|More Articles in Libraries of West India (9)|