HOME      CONTACT US
Chic A La Mode Health and Fitness Travel Home Improvements   Inspirational Stories  Flower Hunt Craft Bug Poetic Murmurings Varied Themes

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Birch House 1908

(click photo to enlarge)


Birch House is a heritage building along Dato Kramat Road in George Town, Penang. It was built to serve as the office of the tin smelting plant of Escoy Smelting, known in the late 20th century as Eastern Smelting. The 5.3 hectare site of the tin smelting plant is now developed as Penang Times Square, and Birch House is being retained as the headquarters of the developer, Ivory Properties Group following a RM2.5 million restoration work.




Birch House was built around 1908. It was named after E.W. Birch, the popular British Resident of Perak between 1905-1909, who was a moving force in the development of the tin smelting works in Penang. The plant itself was founded by Lee Chin Ho, who started it in 1897. Tin mined in North Malaya all the way to southern Thailand were transported to Penang for smelting. The roads around the smelting plant were named after tin mining areas from where the ore originated. Hence roads within the vicinity were given names such as Tongkah Road and Trang Road.
 
 
 
Posted for Sepia Scenes and Scenic Sunday

5 comments:

  1. I like effect and texture you have given the photo.

    ReplyDelete
  2. You have made Penang so beautiful.

    Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a gorgeous building in sepia!

    ReplyDelete

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! YOUR VISIT AND COMMENTS ADD HAPPINESS AND INSPIRATION TO US. PLEASE DO VISIT US AGAIN.

THE SALITYPE SOCIETY

#navbar-iframe { display: none !important; }