The building is distinctly European in its make and yet seamlessly incorporates its red-laced stone jharokas which came to define Indo-Islamic architecture.
While the Blavatsky lodge flanks the French Bridge on the left, on the right is Raut’s Bungalow which takes us back in time, 125 years to be precise, allowing us a glimpse into the lives of the local elite. The make is typically Maharashtrian, showcased in the slantwise tiled roof which gives one the impression that it’s a double storeyed mansion, even though it actually has four storeys, a fact which comes to light when viewing the structure from either side. The windowpanes with stained glass force one to eye the intricate details adorning the façade of the structure. There is both, a front and a back-yard, luxuries in our times, to be enjoyed mostly by those of inheritance. The bungalow is shaded by a thick foliage owing to the trees in the front yard. It won the Urban Heritage Award in 1993. Incidentally, the family living in the mansion today is one of architects. Talk about seeking inspiration from your surroundings huh?