Karachi Landmarks – The Eduljee Dinshaw Charitable Dispensary

Magnificent. Carefully detailed. Strategically placed. First major building in Karachi which was built in Italianate style. The Eduljee Dinshaw Charitable Dispensary is not only a classical landmark but a reminder of Karachi’s religious and ethnic diversity.

Amidst saddar’s hustle bustle, it is quite possible that you may miss the important landmark. So keep your eyes open when you reach the intersection of Preedy Street and Raja Ghazanfar Ali Road (Somerset Street). Here next to Khyber Hotel you will find the dispensary. Just like most of the buildings built under British raj the dispensary has a central clock with metallic roof. It proudly displays 1882 as year of its inauguration. It was designed by James Strachan, the Municipality engineer at that time. It was commissioned by the well-known philanthropist Eduiji Dinshaw.

The dispensary is a pleasant getaway from the crowded feeling forced by the uncontrolled commercialization in Saddar. Compare the picture from 19th century with the one which Karachi Walla took and mourn the sad demise of elegance from our urban structures.

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3 Comments on “Karachi Landmarks – The Eduljee Dinshaw Charitable Dispensary”

  1. Mark Anthony Condron
    February 25, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    Hi,i have in my possession a medal that i found,about 20 years ago,it is inscribed as follows: The Eduljee Dinshaw Association Football Cup 1914,i would appreciate any information or history on the medal,thank you for your time.

  2. Anonymous
    May 15, 2017 at 7:08 am #

    Beautiful nd precious architecture , must save these buildings


  1. City Landmarks – The Eduljee Dinshaw Charitable Dispensary (Addendum) | The Karachi Walla - June 12, 2016

    […] my left I saw a small opening into a stone structure. Turned out that it was back entrance to the Edulji Dinshaw Dispensary. I have documented the dispensary few years back but did not get a chance to see it from inside. […]

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