Besides the majestic Kapitan Keling Mosque that I posted in the previous blog entry, Penang has numerous other heritage buildings which are equally awesome. Penang is a mecca for photographers especially for a heritage building buff like me. There are just too many things to shoot within too little time.
As a result I just shot what I could get around to shooting with the resulting pictures that I deem appropriate to share here:
The Acheen Street Mosque or Masjid Lebuh Acheh is an old mosque located at the heritage enclave of George Town. It was also called the Mesjid Jamek as well as Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh. The mosque was founded in 1801, making it one of the oldest mosques in Penang. The founder was Tengku Sheriff Syed Hussain Al-Aidid, an Acehnese clan leader who moved to Penang at the invitation of Captain Francis Light, and settled at what became Acheen Street.
The Acheen Street Mosque has an Arab-style minaret with an Achehnese roof. The difference between this mosque and the other one, the Kapitan Kling Mosque nearby, is that the Acheen Street Mosque was built by an Achehnese, hence a Malay, whereas the Kapitan Kling Mosque was built by the Indian Muslims.
The City Hall of Penang is a fine example of admirable British Colonial architecture that still exists in Malaysia. A typical British Palladian architectural style building built in 1903 is still standing strong until today after undergoing a comprehensive restoration and conservation work. It is now occupied by part of Pulau Pinang Municipal Council office. The whitewashed building forms an elegant backdrop to the Esplanade.
Next to The Ol City Hall is its older counterpart The Town Hall. This building – known among locals as the European Club, was primarily used as a venue for the town’s European community where social events, balls, public speeches, drama performances, art exhibitions and concerts were held. Built in Western architectural style with classical arches, columns, pilasters, quoins, ornamental elements on roof parapet and balustrades, the sunshine yellow double-storey is the oldest municipal building in Penang.
Lt-Governor Sir Archibald Edward Harbord Anson first laid its foundation on Jan 1, 1879. Occupying a land area of 70,711 sq feet, the building was completed in 1880 and officiated by the then Governor of Straits Settlements Frederick Weld. Through the years, the Town Hall has undergone five extensive expansions and now comprises a front portico, an assembly hall, a ballroom with adjoining supper rooms, a stage, office rooms and a library.
In 1999, the building’s ballroom on the first floor was “transformed” into a “Royal Hall of Justice” for the filming of 20th Century Fox’s blockbuster, Anna and the King.
The Campbell Street Market’s architecture was inspired by Victorian architecture since it was built around 1900 and Victorian architecture was the in thing at that time. This market building is perhaps the oldest in George Town.
The Queen Victoria Memorial Clocktower at King Edward’s Place is one of the most recognizable icons of Penang Island. This Clocktower was built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria by one of the distinguished Chinese millionaires eager to flaunt their wealth in the eyes of their British administrators.
The Queen Victoria Memorial Clocktower was built by local Penang millionaire Cheah Chen Eok in 1897 to commemorate the sixtieth year of the Queen’s reign. The tower was sixty feet tall, with each foot for each year of the Queen’s reign. Unfortunately, she never visited Penang, nor did she ever live long enough to see her clocktower completed. By the time it was completed in 1902, the Queen had died.
Logan Building, which is now owned by OCBC Bank, is now known as the Logan Heritage following a RM6.8 million restoration project that brought it to look as good as new. The funding of the restoration includes RM5 million from OCBC Bank and RM1.8 million from TecCentury, a property management company. The building will become an arcade housing food & beverage outlets, a money changer and other retail outlets.
To be continued….