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Suffolk House

kayes



Registered: July 2008
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Restoration of Suffolk House wins UNESCO's Award of Distinction. Suffolk House was the residence of Captain Francis Light in the 1790s. Light has often been attributed as the Founder of Penang.
· Date: September 9, 2008 · Views: 27310 ·
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kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
September 9, 2008 9:54am

Suffolk House after the restoration.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/suffolk11.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/suffolk10.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
September 9, 2008 10:01am

Before the restoration.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/suffolk20.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/suffolk21.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/suffolk22.jpg
September 23, 2008 12:31am

Sept. issue of Heritage Asia has Suffolk House for its cover. The current issue features articles about the history; before and after restoration; some write up about the lovely I.D. of this historical building. Interesting read!!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
September 23, 2008 2:08am

Hi Susan, I studied at the Methodist Boys School for a brief period in the 60s and Suffolk House (at that time still unrestored) was just inches away from some of the school's classrooms. In fact, MBS used Suffolk House as the school canteen and inside the grand ballroom where Francis Light and his distinguished guests used to dance, there were hawker stalls selling hokkien mee and char kway teow. And as we sat inside the ballroom to eat, sometimes dust (and plaster) would fall from the ceiling above. Nevertheless, it was a great experience eating char kway teow in one of Penang's greatest heritage buildings. This pic will show just how close Suffolk House was to the school. On the extreme right of pic you can see one of the school's classrooms.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/suffolk87.jpg
hypy

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 49
September 23, 2008 6:35am

Oh what a glorious transformation-from a crumbling , dilapidated ruin to a mansion of grandeur that was the pride of Penang's colonial past!
A truly painstaking restoration job that only craftsmen of the highest calibre could produce that is befitting of the Pearl of the Orient.:)
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
September 30, 2008 2:43pm

My goodness what a transformation. I am glad you have a pictorial record of the "Before" and "After" restoration of Suffolk House. Good job Kayes. We need people like you to note and record history for us.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
October 5, 2008 4:25am

hello Blue Grass and welcome to Penang Talk Smile I am glad I helped to record and preserve a bit of Penang's glorious heritage. In fact I also ate some of it. As I said in one of my posts above, Suffolk House used to be the Methodist Boys School's canteen. As we schoolboys and girls ate in the canteen, there would be the occasional plaster dropping from the ceiling into our plates of char kway teow because the building was old and crumbling. Can't remember the taste but it nourished in me a love for old buildings Smile
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
December 9, 2009 8:39am

For pics of the Suffolk House Restaurant, go to:-


http://www.PenangTalk.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=1274



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