The buildings of the State Guest House are located
in the Canal Bank area on the Upper Mall Road. The
Guest House is set at some distance from the main
road, and even though a gate is located on the Mall,
the usual access to the estate is from the side road
which leads to the rear of the main building.
Although, for security reasons you may not be
allowed to enter the premises, you can enjoy viewing
the elegant regency style piece of architecture
through the iron railings from the main road.
The comparatively chaste, graceful central block was
built during the 1870s probably during the
viceroyalty of Lord Lytton, to provide suitable
accommodation when he visited Lahore in 1877.
The accent to the simply rendered two-storey
building is provided by its projecting
centreŚconsisting of simple Roman arches on the
ground, and a deeply shaded verandah on the first
floor, its roof supported on simple Doric columns. A
similar architectural vocabulary is employed in two
flanking blocks, which endow the ensemble with a
certain unity. All the buildings, with their
plastered and white painted facades are set off to
very good effect by the lush green of the
After Independence the estate served as the Civil
Services Academy and was part of the Civil Services
Academy next door. However, during the time of
hosting the Islamic Summit in 1974, the building was
declared a State Guest House and is now under the
control of Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The
estate extends up to the canal bank.