PhilipCapital Building, Beach Street, George Town, Penang

PhilipCapital Building at Beach Street, George Town

The PhilipCapital Building at the junction between Beach Street and Church Street Ghaut in the heart of George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a whitewashed Art Deco-styled building. Completed in 1921, it now houses the Penang branch of PhilipCapital, a Singaporean financial investment firm.


Beach Street, George Town, Penang (1930s)

A 1930s picture of Beach Street. The PhilipCapital Building is partly visible at the far right.

The whitewashed Art Deco-style building at 29A Beach Street was completed in 1921 in compliance with the widening of the street. Designed and owned by Stark & McNeill, the building is actually much larger, occupying 31 and 33 Beach Street to the south, as well as 2 Church Street Ghaut to the east. The building was partly rusticated on the pilasters and has windows framed by rectangular arches on its first floor.

One of its more prominent occupants was Sandlilands, Buttery & Co. Ltd., a Penangite mercantile firm. At the time, it was active in exporting and importing raw materials and produce from British Malaya, such as rubber, tin and sugar.

The building also once housed a branch of Kwong Yik Bank, a Malayan bank which eventually evolved into RHB Bank.

Today, it is occupied by PhilipCapital, a Singaporean financial investment firm, as well as coffeeshops and cafes.

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)


  1. Langdon, M. A Guide to George Town's Historic Commercial and Civic Precints. George Town World Heritage Incorporated, Penang.

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