Penang Road



Penang Road begins as an offshoot from Orchard Road and ends at the junction of Somerset Road and Killiney Road.1 It was named after a northeastern city in Peninsular Malaysia.2 Landmarks along the road include the House of Tan Yeok Nee, the Singapore Shopping Centre, Winsland House and Oxley House.

History
Constructed and named in 1906, Penang Road once served the traffic from Tank Road to the railway bridge at Fort Canning Road.3


Key features
Situated near Orchard Road, Penang Road today is part of Singapore’s commercial and shopping hub. It runs behind the Istana Park and is connected to the Dhoby Ghaut Mass Rapid Transit Station through an underpass.4

Located at the junction of Penang Road and Clemenceau Avenue is the House of Tan Yeok Nee. The heritage building was leased to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business till 2015.5


Built in 1972, the Cockpit Hotel was demolished in 2002 to make way for a commercial cum residential project.6

Other landmarks on Penang Road are the Winsland House and Oxley House. Comprising two buildings designated as Winsland House I and II, Winsland House is a commercial property rented out to various enterprises.7 Oxley House, which used to house the Dubliner Irish Pub, is made up of a pair of two-storey semi-detached houses.8 For preserving its original shophouse features, it was a winner of the Urban Redevelopment Authority architectural heritage award in 2002.9

Park Mall was built in 1971 and originally named Supreme House. It became a well-known furniture and lifestyle shopping centre after major refurbishment in 1991. With the change in ownership in 2015, it is to be redeveloped into an office building by end 2019.10


In 1975, the building on Penang Road which housed the Metro Toyland and Bargain Centre was demolished to make way for the current Singapore Shopping Centre.11



Author
Naidu Ratnala Thulaja



References
1.
Mighty minds street directory. (2015). Singapore: Angel Publishing, maps 110C–110D. (Call no.: RSING q912.5957 MMSD-[DIR])
2.
Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, p. 293. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA])
3.
Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, p. 293. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA])
4.
Mighty minds street directory. (2015). Singapore: Angel Publishing, map 110D. (Call no.: RSING q912.5957 MMSD-[DIR]); Ng, R. (1984, August 14). Under-used underpass. The Straits Times, p. 10. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
5.
Oon, C. (2012, August 26). Oasis in the city. The Straits Times, pp. 6–7. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Rashiwala, K. (2016, February 5). Next change for House of Tan Yeok Nee: TCM Centre. The Business Times. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/
6.
Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 230. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA]); Guevarra, V. (2002, October 5). Landmark Cockpit Hotel to be a thing of the past soon. The Straits Times, p. 32. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
7.
Pub delights. (2002, July 20). The Straits Times, p. 11. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
8.
Tay, S. C. (2015, March 28). Housing a new purpose. The Business Times. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/
9. Old shophouses get condo facilities. (2002, July 11). The Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
10.
Park Mall to be redeveloped into office building by end-2019. (2017, January 26). Today. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/; Siow, D. (1990, November 2). Metro among those bidding for anchor space in Park Mall. The Straits Times, p. 39. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
11. New $17m shopping plan. (1975, September 1). New Nation, p. 4; Ong, C. (1980, November 20). Occupancy licence for ABC Housing. The Business Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 234. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])



The information in this article is valid as at 2015 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

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Architecture and Landscape>>Building Types>>Commercial Buildings
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Historic sites--Singapore
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Street names--Singapore
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