Travel to Pakistan: Lahore: Modern: Photo 9
Houses were divided into Class A, B, and C, with respectively larger and smaller lots. The Society itself acted as a builder and offered a hundred plans from which members could choose; many were designed by the Society's architect, M.C. Khanna. The result is not so far removed from Khem Chands's original idea of a town where "each house would be detached from the others and would be built Bungalow-like with some garden around it." Prakash Tandon writes, in chapter 16 of Punjabi Century that Model Town "was almost entirely populated by retired government officials, who all addressed each other as Rai Sahib, Rai Bahadur, Khan Sahib or Khan Bahadur, Sardar Sahib or Sardar Bahadur. One after the other, old engineers, army doctors, retired civilizans and session judges arrived on the spot and started laying their foundations. The results of their efforts were all curiously alike, because they were all patterned on the government bungalows which had been their homes, and the dak bungalows which had been the scene of so much of their activity."
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