|| Partition and Creation ||

At the basement level the display unfolds the trauma of partition of the country and the necessity to build the new capital city of Chandigarh. The various panels tell the story of selection of the site- and the accompanying controversies-through rare documents, maps and drawings. The salient features of the site finally chosen such as its topography, existing features of villages, vegetation and archaeological history, provide a fascinating picture of the land-with a panoramic view of the Shivalik hills- to be transformed into the new city. A note by A L Fletcher describes in detail what it would mean to make a Garden City on this new site.

Although most people associate the planning of Chandigarh with the world-renowned French architect Le Corbusier, much of the pioneering spadework for the project was done by two American architects: Albert Mayer and Matthew Nowicki.