Sheth Mangaldas Town Hall; Revitalization; Ahmedabad; 1997-98
Structural Design: Devendra Shah; Interior Design: Amala Shah (Sukrut)
This beautiful Art-Deco building, owned by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, was designed in the 1930’s by Claude Batley and built as a memorial to my grand-father, Sheth Mangaldas with funds collected by the citizens of Ahmedabad. It had been renovated in the 1960s by B.V.Doshi who chose to cover the wonderful dome by a false ceiling for acoustic reasons. We opened up the dome, made a large stone paved podium around the building, and endeavored to enhance the style and elegance of the original structure through design interpretations rather than doing a faithful restoration.