Loke Yew’s Loke Mansion in Chow Kit (Kuala Lumpur)

Built over 12 years from 1892, this opulent mansion was built by a notable tin magnate Loke Yew (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loke_Yew). Loke Yew arrived in Kuala Lumpur in the late 1880s and stayed there for the last thirty years of his life. The Loke Mansion situated at No. 273A, Jalan Medan Tuanku, was built by Loke Yew over 12 years from 1892, the year he bought over the residence of tin miner and leader of the Cantonese community, Mr Cheow Ah Yoke. The Loke Mansion in its present form was completed in 1904 and was part of the former sprawling 11-acre (4.5 ha) Loke Estate. The Cheow home which was built between 1860 and 1862 with the famous Ching dynasty “Painted Gate” has been incorporated into the rear portion of the current Loke Mansion. Loke made sure his mansion became one of the most prestigious residences in Asia and was reputedly the first residence in Malaya to receive electricity. Loke’s family lived there until the 1930s. The Loke Mansion, accessible within walking distance from the MR9 Medan Tuanku Monorail station, was renovated and partially restored in late 2007 by the law firm Cheang and Ariff, who have leased the property from its owner. Managing Partner, Dato’ Loh Siew Cheang, hopes to be able to restore the mansion to its full glory in the course of time. The Loke Mansion should not be confused with Loke Hall, Kuala Lumpur (which is now occupied by Persatuan Arkitek Malaysia or PAM) or Loke Villa, Penang (which is still a private residence owned by the Loke family and is visible to the public from Gurney Drive). Address: 39 Court @ Loke Mansion, No. 273A, Jalan Medan Tuanku, Wilayah Persekutuan, 50300 Kuala Lumpur SEE:
https://www.timeout.com/kuala-lumpur/things-to-do/the-white-house-the-story-of-loke-mansion https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2016/09/15/in-defence-of-loke-mansion-lawyer-inspired-to-compile-book-on-centuryold-building-after-working-with

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