George Wittet

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George Wittet (1878-1926) was a Scottish architect who worked mostly in Bombay (now Mumbai), India.

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George Wittet was born in Blair Atholl, Scotland in 1878. He studied architecture with a Mr. Heiton of Perth, Scotland, and worked in Edinburgh and York before moving to India.

Wittet arrived in India in 1904 and became an assistant to John Begg, then Consulting Architect to Bombay. The two men were responsible for the evolution and subsequent popularity of the Indo-Saracenic Style of architecture.

On May 12th, 1917, Wittet, by then Consulting Architect to the Government of Bombay, was unanimously elected as the first President of The Indian Institute of Architects.

Wittet designed some of Bombay's best known landmarks: the Prince of Wales Museum, the Gateway of India, the Institute of Science, the Small Causes Court at Dhobitalao, the Wadia Maternity Hospital, Bombay House, the King Edward Memorial Hospital, and The Grand Hotel at Ballard Estate, by the Bombay Docks.

He died of acute dysentery in Bombay in 1926, and is buried in the Sewri cemetery.

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