Governor's House (Lahore)
Location and area
The Governor's House is located along the famous Mall Road in Lahore, the capital and political center of Punjab province. The main entrance is on the T-junction of Mall Road and Sharah-e-Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat. Although a separate walled complex, it sits adjacent to the Staff College on one side and Al-Hamra Arts Council on the other. The building sits near the Lahore Zoo, Mayo Gardens, Pearl-Continental Hotels & Resorts, Avari Hotels, Bagh-e-Jinnah, Qurban Lines (Police) and the Children's Library Complex.
The residence is a typical mansion built among a large expanse of surrounding lawns and gardens. Close to the house, there is a tomb belonging to a man by the name of Muhammad Qasim Khan, who is said to be a maternal cousin of the Mughal emperor Akbar. Four doorways enclose the two-story tomb and to the north, there is a stairway which leads up. Much of the furniture and artifacts used in the house are antique relics that date back.
During the British Raj and the subsequent annexation of the Punjab province, the building and the land around it was purchased for a paltry sum of Rs. 2,500 and utilised as a residence for the British Lieutenant-Governor of the Province. Following the independence of Pakistan in 1947, it was formally designated for the use of the province's governors.
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