From a green-hued mansion, let’s visit another colourful mansion in Penang – the Blue Mansion. The Blue Mansion is given it’s colourful, distinctive name because of it’s external decorations and indigo-blue outer walls.
The Blue Mansion is Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.
Where is Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is a government gazetted heritage building located on Leith Street in George Town, Penang, Malaysia.
Named after it’s owner, it was built by the merchant Cheong Fatt Tze at the end of the 19th century. The mansion has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 vernacular timber louvre windows. It served as Cheong’s private residence as well as the seat of his business activities in Penang.
Like the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Cheong Fatt Tze’s architectural style and interior was inspired by a combination of East meets West. Features of the house include Gothic louvred windows, Chinese cut and paste porcelain work, Stoke-on-Trent floor tiles made of encaustic clay in geometric pieces all shaped to fit to a perfect square, Glasgow cast iron works by MacFarlane’s & Co. and Art Nouveau stained glass windows.
“The Blue Mansion is the perfect epitome of the grandeur and achievements of Cheong Fatt Tze, which today stands as a landmark in the fabric of George Town Penang’s vibrant heritage as a boutique hotel and historical attraction”Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Today, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is a landmark heritage building in the UNESCO World Heritage city of George Town in Penang. It has received multiple architectural awards, including UNESCO’s Most Excellent Heritage Conservation Award in the Year 2000.
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