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Hardwicke House, George Town

Hardwicke HouseHardwicke House (22 December 2009)

Hardwicke House, or simply Hardwicke, is a heritage building at the junction of Pangkor Road and Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah. Built at the turn of the 20th century, it was named after Hardwicke Hall, a mansion owned by the Duke of Devonshire, in Devonshire, England. The address today is 67 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Hardwicke House was bought by Khaw Sim Kong, scion of the Khaw family of southern Thailand (the most famous member of which is Khaw Sim Bee). It stayed in the Khaw family until 1920, when it was bought by prominent Penang lawyer Lim Cheng Ean (1889-1982, father of lawyer Lim Kean Siew) from the son of Khaw Sim Kong, Joo Ghee. Lim Cheng Ean was a member of the Straits Settlements Legislative Council from 1929 to 1934. He was also the first Chinese magistrate in Penang.

Hardwicke HouseHardwicke House (22 December 2009)

Today, Hardwicke House is occupied by a restaurant, the Hardwicke House Restaurant. It also serves as the Apple Centre for CG Computers. Within the grounds of Hardwicke House is Northam Tower (now Mansion One), a 31-storey L-shape skyscraper that looms over the heritage building.

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