Traversing Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam (the Upper Mall),
we find that the stretch between this crossing and
Regal Chowk carries several historically important
buildings. The walk on the slightly winding Upper
Mall is extremely pleasant especially if you keep a
look out for interesting mercantile structures,
which are still extant and are located on both sides
of this important thoroughfare, amidst several new
These buildings built by the native merchant princes
represent the late 19th and early 20th century
prosperity of the local mercantile class. It is the
eclectic mix of different styles which is
fascinating. Referred to as 'imperial vernacular',
these buildings carry an interesting medley of
European and local imagery, and were built by the
rising mercantile community of the subcontinent.
On the two sides of the historic Upper Mall, you
will notice Dawar building (41, The Mall), Dhoni
Chand Building (38, The Mall), Jan Muhammad Building
(34-35, The Mall) with its distinctive end cupolas.
Sir Ganga Ram Building built by the famous Lahore
philanthropist, Dayal Sing Mansion laid out around a
horseshoe space, the building presently occupied by
National Distributors, Ahmad Mansions (49, The Mall)
with its clock tower, and the impressive Ghulam
Rasool Building, its long facade dominated by a
central cupola tower.
Some of these buildings are now being taken up for
restoration by the local administration and it is
hoped that soon The Mall will be able to regain some
of its old glory.