The Architecture of Houses in the Oswal Mohalla, Old Surat

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Published on: 14 December 2018

Binita Tamboli & Nikhil Sanjay Shah

Binita Tamboli is an architect by profession and is pursuing masters in Ekistics from Jamia University. Her research work majorly concerns history and philosophy.

Nikhil Sanjay Shah is a researcher based in Surat, with keen interest in urban issues, historic studies and conservation, sustainable development, community participation and earth architecture.

Taking its name from the affluent mercantile community of Oswal Jains, the Oswal Mohalla features houses that boast of some of the finest and most evolved architecture seen in the old town of Surat. Corner houses in this locality exemplify the nature of craftsmanship that evolved to reach its pinnacle in Gopipura, with exquisite neo-gothic arches and finely carved baroque style wooden doors.