Watson’s hotel, now known as Esplanade Mansions at Kala Goda
Watson’s hotel was designed by the civil engineer Rowland Mason Ordish,
The building was fabricated in England from cast iron components and was assembled and constructed on site.
It was also the first place in India to screen the Lumière Brothers’ Cinematographe invention in 1896.
Esplanade’s lost glory
It was where the first silent motion picture to be screened in India was presented by the Lumiere Brothers’ Cinematographe, way back on July 7, 1869. The handsome five-storeyed, 130-room building with a cast-iron frame that was called Watson’s Esplanade Hotel, was built entirely with material imported from England by the owner, an enterprising Englishman, John Watson.
On arriving at Bombay, we housed ourselves at Watson’s Esplanade Hotel, a very large building. We went to see the sights of the town, and I was very much interested in all that I saw, ebooks.adelaide.edu.au