Accommodating heritage

December 2009 VOICE IN THE CROWD
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The rear of five terrace houses in Lebuh Clarke. The re-orientation towards the laneway will benefit from the enlarged open space that the additional set back of the rear walls provides. The chimneys have been retained but the old kitchens and toilets, demolished. Indian tiles have been installed on the roofs, and a jack roof added, not original features but essential to improve the character of the houses for their new purpose.
Angela Hijjas, who is renovating a piece of property along Hutton Lane into a boutique hotel, talks about the project and the wider issues of George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.OUR objectives in buying into Penang’s conservation area were vague when we bid on a property in Hutton Lane, but we won the tender and are now renovating it into a small boutique hotel. Penang has a special quality that is unmatched elsewhere; its population makes it distinct...

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