This majestic building located along Jalan Tun Perak (formerly Java Street before being changed to Mountbatten Road by the British Colonial Government) was built in 1910. The building served as the headquarters for the Federated Malay States (FMS) Survey Department. It was designed by the prolific state architect, Arthur Benison Hubback or more popularly known as AB Hubback. AB Hubback was instrumental in designing at least 25 buildings in British Malaya during his 19-year stint in British Malaya.
This elegant building was designed with Mughal-eclectic or also known as Ind0-Saracenic architectural style, which was a mix of neo-Mughal architecture and British Neo-Classical, Victorian architectural style. It was a popular architectural style between the late 19th century and early 20th century in India and the style of was exported to other British colonies especially to then Malaya, Singapore and Myanmar in Southeast Asia.
The main feature of this edifice is its dramatic 121.9m long (400 ft) arcade which is punctuated by two entrances, each with a twin chatri on top. At both ends of this building are octagonal towers each topped with onion-shaped dome. Along the 400ft long arcade are the distinctive cinque-foil arches that create a powerful geometric rhythm along the street. This grand building was later occupied by the Sessions & Magistrates Courts before they were also relocated to Jalan Duta Court Complex. The building is now left vacant.
Photographing this is faced with a great challenge as the LRT railway track overhead limits the full view to this building. And to photograph the building under the nice lighting it must be shot in the morning as its front facade faces towards the east. However the nice warm sun light of the early morning is blocked by the massive new OCBC Building across the road from hitting the front facade of this classic building. I had to wait until the sun rose beyond the new OCBC building so that the morning sun light hit the front facade of this building to capture it under the glorious morning light with the blue sky at the background.
You may want to check out my other blog entries on the heritage buildings of Kuala Lumpur as listed below:
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur | The Industrial Court Building
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur | The former Chartered Bank Building
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur | The Central Market
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur | The Masjid Jamek of Kuala Lumpur
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur | The old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur | KTM Headquarters
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur | City Theatre
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur | The old High Court Building
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur | The National Textile Museum
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur | The old General Post-Office
- Heritage building of Kuala Lumpur | The Sultan Abdul Samad Building