Leong Fee Mansion, which was built in 1900, today houses the Equator Academy of Art (Leith Street Campus). Its namesake, also known as Leong P'i Joo, was a turn of the 20th century local tycoon and father of Leong Yin Kean, who built Leong Yin Kean Mansion, better known as Thirty-Two at the Mansion. Leong Fee built the mansion as his Penang residence.
Leong Fee (1857-1911) was one of the Hakka tycoons who made his home along Leith Street. He was born of Kar Yin Hakka extraction, in Guangdong province, China. He arrived in Malaya in 1876, settling first in Penang, and from there moved to Perak, where he struck his fortune in the tin mines of Taiping. From there, he also established mines in the Kinta Valley.
Leong Fee Mansion (20 November, 2010)
Leong Fee, along with his contemporaries Cheong Fatt Tze and Chung Keng Kwee, were the pillars of society in Penang and Perak. He was appointed Justice for Kinta in 1892 and a member of the Perak State Council from 1895 to 1908. He was the Chinese Vice-Consul of the Manchu Government in Penang from 1901 to 1907, and was the first Chinese member of the Federal Legislative Council in 1909. He married the daughter of another local tycoon, Hsieh Yung-kuan, who served as the Vice-Consul of the Manchu Government before him.
Next to the main building is another structure with intricate filigree details. The structure has a hipped roof ending with a roof lantern.
The nearest bus stop is along Penang Road, in front of Rima College. The bus stop is served by Rapid Penang bus103, 204 and 502.
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