Sunday, 11 November 2012

Untold History : Unfortunate Case of Istana Menara Empat

For many years, I"ve mistakenly identify "Istana Menara Empat" is the lost "Istana Kuala Danga"

It has came to light that, not long ago, someone from IDR, a Director and an Architect.. (they would smiling if they read this) informed me that they had ventured into uncharted territories in Tebing Runtuh and found the remnants of "Istana Kuala Danga".. which shattered porcelain roofs can be found scattered around that area.. and was imported from France which was etched in each of the roof ; similar to the materials used during the construction Tyersall Palace in Singapore in 1890.. using red tiles.

Thus, "Istana Kuala Danga" would predates "Istana Menara Empat".

Called "Menara Empat" is due to it significant 4 tower standing tall at each corner of the palace.. when I relate back to the record, there were 2 buildings were designed in such similar manner ; the other one is Pejabat Dato' Jaafar.... I would dare to say both buildings was designed by same architect : Dato' Yahya Awaluddin

The building was later used as the State Treasury Department before Bangunan Ibrahim was built in 1942.

This "Istana Menara Empat" was build by HH Abu Bakar, in... I really don't know when,.. and then inherited by his youngest son.... whose, due to unknown reason, was later demolished the building and turn it to Hotel.

Now.... you may trace the location, feels the air and sleep in this Istana Menara Empat by check in into Straits View Hotel.  Happy Holiday!!!!