Photos of Heritage Buildings at Beach Street, Penang
Here are some of the photos of heritage buildings at Beach Street in Penang.
One day you must come and walk the street yourself. Meanwhile, take the easy
chair tour of my pictorial essay below. Some of the buildings have no signboard
or marker to tell us of their origins or ownerships. However, almost of them are
unique and easily identifiable by sight alone.
This is a weird art deco building/tower that I find intriguing.
Most likely it is an infill structure to fill up the gap between
two blocks. Thus, it was built with very narrow opening.
The telecommunication company DIGI occupies the corner of one
building while a Chinese merchant occupies another.
The former Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation
(OCBC) houses a security company
while a massive block opposite India House is now owned by CIMB Bank.
The building on the left had just been restored. Even its original floor
tiles are still intact.The one on the right was undergoing restoration
also as of July 2008.
These two units are next to each other. Both have rotten,
peeling wooden panes and mold due to unchecked dampness and
heat. However, we can still see the beauty of what once had been.
If they are not rescued soon, they will crumble and we will lose
quite a national treasure.
India House and Barkath Store.
The store is abandoned now while India House is still being used for business.
Barkath Store used to be one of the oldest and largest import/export food
companies in Penang. It brought in the brand Hacks, among others.
The immigration office looks like a cake covered with delicious royal icing in
orange and white. The blue and white building is the headquarters for the
Islamic Religious Department in Penang.
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