Tuesday November 23, 2010
Heritage site to reopen
By WINNIE YEOH
New attraction: The Logan Heritage on Beach Street used to be the workplace of a prominent lawyer James Richardson Logan in the
1980s. A 140-YEAR-OLD building on Beach Street, Penang, that was restored at a cost of RM6.8mil will be opened to the public next
month. The Logan’s Building, which is now known as the Logan Heritage, is a two-storey building owned by the OCBC Bank and it has
23 office units with a built-up area of 3,994.8sq metres. Painted in beige, it sits majestically at the junction of Beach Street, Union Street
and Bishop Street. The building used to be the workplace of a prominent lawyer James Richardson Logan in the 1860s. He and his elder
brother, Abraham came from Edinburgh, Scotland, to the Straits Settlement of Penang in the 1840s. They both practised law in Singapore
before migrating to Penang in the 1860s. It is said that Logan was loved by the local residents then as he was devoted to justice and knowledge.
Apparently, he had on some occasions defended the needy on a pro bono basis at no cost to them. Originally, a grand three-storey building
with cast iron balconies, it was later reduced to two storeys. It also has an inner courtyard within the premises. The last occupant on the
ground floor was Barkath Store before the building was closed for restoration early this year. The restoration project was conceived by
OCBC Bank which spent RM5mil while Kuala Lumpur-based TecCentury Sdn Bhd, which is a property management company, spent RM1.8mil.
TecCentury executive director Joe Kan Weng Hoe said the building would be officially opened on Dec 17. It shall boast a variety of food
and beverages outlets, a foreign currency exchange facility, a gadgets’ shop, a convenience store besides smaller commercial interests.
“We also hope to promote tourism with a uniqueness of Penang Heritage through this pre-war building. We also hope to turn the premises
into a food and beverage hub coupled with light entertainment for bankers in the area,” he said during a briefing tour yesterday.
Kan also said that a hall was also set up to be a briefing spot on Penang’s heritage.“We will work closely with the George Town World
Heritage Inc to invite all schools in Penang to Logan Heritage for free briefings. “Our main objective is to embrace Penang’s heritage
and we have different concepts for this building. It is also a good stop for tourists to enjoy its rich heritage value,” he said.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who visited the building yesterday, praised the efforts of the bank and the company in meeting the heritage
guidelines of the Penang Municipal Council.