Mumbai: CST heritage tiles, buried for 50 years, unearthed intact; Rajendra B Aklekar; Mid-Day

India – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

The Minton tiles, which were part and parcel of iconic 19th-century buildings across the world, will now be restored in all their former glory.

The ongoing restoration of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) has helped unearth some unlikely treasures. Over the weekend, railway engineers found two 1,000-sqft rooms full of undisturbed original patterned tile flooring, which was hidden under the cement tiles that had been laid over it.

The iconic building is known to have a mix of Minton encaustic tiles and blue basalt patterned floorings, which were a matter pride in the nineteenth century. The tile patterns were an important feature of all iconic public buildings not only in England but also across the world, including the United States Capitol.

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