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Lim Lean Teng Mansions, Farquhar Street, George Town, Penang

Lim Lean Teng Mansions, Farquhar Street, George Town

Lim Lean Teng Mansions is a three-storey office block along the western end of Farquhar Street, within George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also located opposite the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, the building, which was built in the early 20th. century, once housed car showrooms.

The second and third floors feature pilasters which alternate with the windows. As of the time of writing, this plain white building has a somewhat rundown appearance, although renovation works of the ground floor have just been completed.

History

Lim Lean Teng Mansions was actually by Ho Kim Teik specifically for selling imported car makes. Ho had founded George Town Motors in 1913, selling cars of various brands such as Austin, Mitchell and Empire.

During the 1930s, the second and storeys were utilised as apartments for Europeans who were employed on, or visiting, Penang Island. The upper two floors were eventually abandoned when the Japanese invaded Penang in 1941 and have remained empty ever since.

Until very recently, the ground floor had housed a handful of car showrooms, including Mercedes-Benz and Smart. As of August 2016, the ground floor is vacated as well and has just been refurbished.

Political Representation

Penang State Government

N.26 Padang Kota State Assemblyman : Chow Kon Yeow (Democratic Action Party)

Malaysian Federal Parliament

P.049 Tanjong Member of Parliament : Ng Wei Aik (Democratic Action Party)

References

  1. Hockton, K., Howard Tan, 2012. Penang : An Inside Guide to Its Historic Homes, Buildings, Monuments and Parks. MPH Group, Kuala Lumpur.
  2. http://www.penang-traveltips.com/lim-lean-teng-mansions.htm

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