Continued from my previous blog entry on heritage buildings of Penang.
The elegant facade and windows belonging to a classic double-storey shophouse in Penang bathed in the warm low-angled late evening light.
This whitewashed unique window and its shade produce elongated shadows caused by the low-angled light of the late evening sun.
I stumbled on this building with orangey coat of paint on King Street and found it interesting against deep blue sky background.
I forgot to take down the name of this building located on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling but I love the cartoonish colours of its coat of paint 🙂
The 1886 building – named after the year of its construction – is probably the oldest commercial building on Beach Street that has retained its original appearance. It used to house Goon Yen & Friends, an upmarket emporium – one of the first in George Town to be owned by non-whites. Upmarket shops and offices, including Howarth Erskine Engineers occupied the rest of the building.
On the upper floors are lovely French windows that open out to cast iron balconies – they were fortunate to have survived till this day, as metal were taken away by the occupying Japanese forces during the war. Topping the building is a dentilated cornice and a parapet wall.
Formerly Whiteways & Laidlaw Building is an elegant colonial-era building along Beach Street, George Town. The block got its name from its original occupant, the Whiteways & Laidlaw General Store at the Bishop Street end of the building, while the Netherlands-Indian Bank occupied the Church Street end of the building. During the British administration, Whiteways Building housed upmarket shops and offices.
The Whiteways building was constructed in the early 1900’s. On the upper floor are beautiful windows in the eclectic style. These are accentuated by moulded plaster. The facade is decorated with plasterwork of flowers and garlands. The building has undergone major restoration work without compromising its original elegance.
Now known as The Whiteaways Arcade, it has become an iconic commercial restoration within a highly significant core street of World Heritage Site in Georgetown. Cleverly restored and adapted for modern use (art gallery, fashion boutique, cafe, pharmacy, etc) yet retain its heritage old charms.
Located at the corner of China Street Ghaut (facing Weld Quay), the Malayan Railway Building (or Wisma Kastam as it is known today) is a “colonial giant” in every sense of the word.
The classic buildings boasts of uniquely distinct arcades (a structure composed of a series of arches supported by columns). Before Komtar (the state’s administrative and shopping tower) Wisma Kastam’s clock tower (which by the way is still ticking with precision) was the tallest building on the island.
Wisma Kastam which currently houses the state Customs Department was formerly the Malayan Railway Building that sat alongside trading offices and warehouses built in the 20th century.
Back when it was called the Malayan Railway Building, the station is believed to be the only one in the world without a rail. Instead of platforms or trains, it had administrative offices, a ticketing booth and a first-class Railways Restaurant with Bar and Grill.
Passengers bought their tickets at the Penang Railway Station, walked to the Railway Jetty at the end of the China Street Ghaut and boarded the Railway Ferry Streamers to Butterworth to catch the train. Fares to and from Penang were inclusive of the ferry ride.
Built a century ago, the Malayan Railway Building marked the completion of the Federated Malay States (FMS) Railway which was mainly used to transport tin and crops.
It was the railway’s northern region headquarters. In the late 60s, the state Customs Office occupied the building.