The unique Swiss Chalet style Bombay Gymkhana Club House and Pavilion designed by John Adams was completed in 1876. The Heritage Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has awarded heritage status and protection to the Bombay Gymkhana Club House. Accordingly, it is treated as a protected structure under the guidelines laid down by the administrative body.
The First President of the Bombay Gymkhana was Sir Lyttleton Bayley, Acting Chief Justice of Bombay and a former cricket captain of Eton, who served in this capacity for 20 years. Social status and an interest in sports were important criteria for membership and 200 gentlemen were enrolled as the first members of the new Club.
In 1933, Bombay Gymkhana hosted India's first-ever test match against England. Captained by C.K. Naidu, this historic match marked the debut of Indian cricket legends Lala Amarnath and Vijay Merchant, with Amarnath scoring the country's first-ever Test hundred.
Permission was obtained from the authorities to erect a Club House on the Parade Ground (now Azad Maidan) which was designed by John Adams and completed in 1876. The total cost of Rs.15,625 for the construction of the building was primarily raised by subscriptions and donations from Members, while the Parsi philanthropist, Sir Cowasji Jehangir, voluntarily contributed Rs.1000 for the furnishings although he could never enter the Club House, since membership was then open only to Europeans..