"Wood horizontals, flat roofs, cantilevered balconies, smooth corners -- it is the materials that allows you to develop architecture that is quite unique."Most Bombay Deco architects were Indian, though they had often traveled to Europe and America.
While many of their buildings were created in a classic Art Deco style, some incorporated traditional Indian motifs that made them distinct."The Lakshmi Insurance Building is emblematic of Indian-ness in Art Deco," Dalvi said.
"It has a statue of (Indian goddess) Lakshmi on top, and elephants on the facade.
You also see murals showing Indian life, (while) depictions of labor can be seen in several places in Mumbai.""People are filled with regret when we tell them of the incredible histories behind these buildings," said Kumar, whose organization offers architectural walking tours.
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