Merewether Tower, or Tower as the bus conductors shout, cannot be missed by anyone standing on a bus stop or going through main roads of the Karachi city. It is one of the most known, but arguably the least acknowledged landmarks of the city. Beautifully carved, elegantly designed, adorned with mysterious the motifs tower was raised by public subscription as a memorial for Sir William L Merewether and Designed by James Strachan, the Municipal Engineer. The foundation stone was laid by the Governor of Bombay, Sir James Fergusson in 1884.It was formally opened to the public in 1892 by the Commissioner of Sindh, Sir Evan James.
The structure is built in camel colored and shows a heightened sensitivity to detailing and emphasis on carving and decoration. The architecture takes the form of an Eleanor cross. Eleanor crosses were a series of 12 monuments erected in England by King Edward I between 1291 and 1294, in memory of his wife, Eleanor of Castile. Merewether tower stands on a platform which is 44 feet square and rises to a height of 102 feet.
It prominently displays clocks on all four sides. The clocks are situated at the base of a spire which is 72 feet high from the ground. The clocks are 7 feet in diameter. In the last few years, protective iron fencing has been provided all across the tower to keep anti-social elements away.
At the time of completion, the total cost of the project came out to be Rs 37,178. Visit this beautiful and memorable landmark. It may force authorities to take better care. —Karachi