Restoring Old Buildings in Lahore

There are many old buildings in Lahore which are historic. In different times, Moguls ruled, Sikhs ruled and lastly British ruled the city of Lahore in Punjab. All have contributed in their own way to the existing architecture of Lahore.

Chief Minister Punjab – Mian Shahbaz Sharif has always been keen to restore the historic & old buildings in Lahore to its original shape and grandeur.

Recently in Jan 2013, it has been formalized that 16 more building have been included in the earlier list of 256 protected buildings making it total of 272 to be restored.

Total of 272 buildings have come in the ‘protection’ as per the SPPO – Special Premises Preservation Ordinance- 1985. Which originally started with 244 buildings.

As per the definition, if the building is 75 or more years old it becomes eligible to fall under this SPPO protection Act of 1985.

Recent additions are the following buildings:

  • On the Mall – Bawa Singh Dinga Building – built 1927
  • Cathedral Church - 1887
  • Chief Secretary Block of the Punjab Civil Secretariat – 1849
  • The Deputy Commissioner Office & Nadir Hall
  • Milestone stating – ‘Delhi 311 miles’ – Mcloed Raod, Lahore
  • Muslim High School on Rattigan Road– 1911
  • Faletti’s Hotel on Egerton Road,Lahore
  • Tomb in kot Khawaja Saeed – built in 1231

Number of houses in Begumpura and Mughul pura built by Nawab Zakirya Khan – one of the governors of Lahore during late mughul period.

  • Shah Hamid Qari Mosque built during Augranzeb’s era
  • Tomb of unidentified person in Begumkot

Few monuments inside the walled city:

  • Kotwali police station – built 1850s outside Delhi gate
  • Pani Wala Talab – constructed by British  in the 19th century
  • Polytechnic College – opposite Jain Mandir on Lytton Road
  • Building of Mayo Hospital & Albert Victor Hall – built 1871

Lahore Conservation Society will work on these above projects and gradually put up their recommendations for its final restoration with separate budget approvals.

This will certainly help to improve the cityscape outlook of Lahore city. It will provide good neat ambiance as well as good nostalgic touch after the restoration of old heritage is completed.

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