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Butterfly House at Gurney Drive

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davidyap

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 23
July 31, 2008 11:08am

If I recall rightly, this was a former Catholic brothers seminary that belonged to the Vatican who sold it several years ago for handsome price. Hopefully it will remain as is as heritage building (fine piece of colonial architecture; looks French?) and not be pulled down by the new owners. C'est magnifique!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,548
August 2, 2008 2:28am

Hi David, this "Butterfly House" is not St Joseph's Novitiate which is next door. The Butterfly House was built by Loke Wan Tho of Cathay Organisation fame. It is indeed a fine looking villa.
August 2, 2008 2:43am

Beautiful house indeed. The Loke Mansion or Loke Gallery in KL is painted all white now.
derrickab

Registered: August 2008
Location: England
Posts: 74
August 23, 2008 8:13pm

Kayes
This wonderful building was featured in a brilliant Chinese film called "Road to Dawn" I am sure you are aware of this film that was filmed entirely in Penang. Also featured is the "Pinang Pernakan Mansion" were you will also find the rickshaws that were used in the film.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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August 24, 2008 10:21am

Derrick, this must be of the rickshaws Smile


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/rickshaw.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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May 26, 2010 12:14am

An email from Tariq (sritariq@gmail.com)


"Hi


So glad I found your site. I'm a fan of Penang, its food and it's shophouses architecture. The 1950s-mid 60 are an exciting period for style. I'm from the UK completing a documentation study of mid 1950s modernist architecture in Indonesia. We call it Jengki after Yankee. It has Hollywood aesthetics, but its tropically suited and is always fun.


I have come across similar buildings in Penang on Gurney Drive, sadly I didnt have a camera with me...! As cultural links have remained a strong feature across archipelago, I'd really like to know more about this style in Malaysia (and Singapore). Specifically what is this style called in Malaysia. Can you help? What books or are there photographers looked at this building and design style?


Do you have an email so I can send an sample of what I mean.


I hope you can help with any suggestions.



Tariq Khalil"
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,548
May 26, 2010 12:19am

An email from Lee Kean Ming (kmlee06@hotmail.com)


"Just to drop by and say a big congratulation to you guys for a job very well done and a website every Penangite will be very proud of! Hope this website gonna make us Penangite stay proud as a Penangite! Good Job!"



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