Like a castle adorned with battlements, towers, columns and little round arches, the JN Petit Institute with its library and reading room is a jewel in the historical center of Mumbai. The building was donated by the mother of Jamsetjee Nesserwanjee Petit and dedicated in memory of her only son.
The restoration project lasted more than two years, meticulously eliminating all traces of the serious disintegration both inside and outside the building, using materials very similar to those it was originally built with. The plaster used for the decorative ceilings, for example, was imported especially from Paris. UNESCO granted the project an award of merit in its Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage in 2015.