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Penang03 - Town Hall

Penang03 - Town Hall

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2.2.2 PENANG TOWN HALL2.2.2.1HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
Penang Town Hall located at the left sides of City Hall along Jalan Padang Kota Lama. Itbuilt a few decades earlier than Penang City Hall. The construction of this historical building wasstarted at 1879 and the foundation stone of Town Hall was laid at the same year. This buildingcompleted at year 1883.It was a British administrative building and take pride in front to an openfiled to the Esplanade Padang. The Town Hall has a balcony that overlooks to the Esplanade Padang. It has the samefeatures with the Penang City Hall. In early day, the elites will gather at the balconies of thoseMunicipal Council buildings such as Penang City Hall and Penang Town Hall to view the gameand processions held at the Esplanade. There are some extensions and renovations constitutethe Penang Town Hall now a day. In 1890, an annex was added to the building. While the porchand top floor was being added in 1903. In 1930, the left wing of cement plaster was added tothe building when cement plasters was introduce.The building originally housed the Municipal Council offices until they moved to PenangCity Hall when it was completed in 1903. The functions of the building were more social thenadministrative. The Town Hall then became a ballroom where social events were held for thecity elite. The building consist an assembly hall, a stage, a grand ballroom with adjoining supper rooms and library
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Penang library was born at this building. Prince of Wales Library was movedinto this building and was renamed as Penang Library. Besides being main library, it also as thevenue for theatrical performances and church services by Wesley Church was held here in1891.There was a delicate 19
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century fountain located next to the Penang Town Hall (Refer figure 2.5). The fountain was one of the Penang’s Victorian memorials and was donated by KohSeang Tat. He lived in the grand mansion behind the Penang Town hall which stood at the sideof present Dewan Sri Pinang. In 1869, he entertained the Duke of Edinburgh and subsequently
 
his residence was named as Edinburgh House. The road leading to his residence was namedas Duke Road.The building was eventually fall into disrepair and the local authorities considereddemolishing it. The National Museum was stopped and save it. It was declares as a historicmonument on 29th July 1993.Figure 2.5: Fountain as one of the Penang’s Victorian memorials and was donated by KohSeang Tat.
Source: Field study (2008)
2.2.2.2 ARCHITECTURAL STYLES AND CONCEPTS
The architectural style of this building was similar to the Penang City Hall.The building was one of the most outstanding colonial buildings in Penang with the classicalBritish Palladian style with a small dome, arches magnificent Corinthian column, and plenty of typical tall windows.
 
The concept of design for Penang Town Hall was similarity to the Penang City Hall. Thesimilarity of design is use balcony as the main features overlooking to the Esplanade Padang inGeorgetown (Refer figure 2.7). The grand ballroom of the Penang Town Hall was constitutes of timber and decorative elements (Refer figure 2.8, 2.9 and 2.10). The acoustics features in thegrand ballroom as very well. Hence, it as the venue for theatrical performances and socialevents were held at the ballroom for the city elites.Figure 2.6: The front of Penang Town Hall and take pride in front to an open filed to theEsplanade Padang
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www.asiaexplorers.com (2008)

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