The MacDonald House

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macdonald house 01The MacDonald House was built in 1949 by the architectural firm Palmer and Turner. It is now the only one building left with red- brick exterior in Orchard road. In 1965, two Indonesia saboteurs placed a bomb on the mezzanine floor, three persons was killed and 33 injured.

macdonald house 05The impact of the bomb shattered all windows within 300 feets and damages car outside the building. It was due to Indonesia Confrontation, in support of President Sukamo, opposition to the merger of Singapore, Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak. The 2 Indonesia terrorists were convicted to murder and hanged eventually.

macdonald house 02The building was built for The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. It was the first large office building of the post-war period and has gazetted as a National Monument on 10 February 2003.

macdonald house 03The building is designed in Neo-Georgian style. Built in reinforced concrete and clad in red brickwork with rigid language. The white painted frame casement windows allow it to stand out from the modern cityscape of the Orchard road. macdonald house 04The 1st floor was lay by creamy natural marble stones, the size of the tiles and refine details made the building more conspicuous.

Obviously, this buiding is different from fast restaurant Mcdonald, this is The Macdo

nald House.


12 thoughts on “The MacDonald House

    Ryan said:
    August 5, 2013 at 2:10 am

    why were the two indonesian bombing the place?

      Sydney Fong responded:
      August 5, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      O, they were opposed the merging of Singapore, Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak to form the Federation Of Malaysiain 1965. 😦

        Ryan said:
        August 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm

        sorry to hear that. and i’m not aware about it at all.

        Sydney Fong responded:
        August 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm

        Is okay, I just knew it too! 🙂

        Ryan said:
        August 10, 2013 at 7:35 am


        Sydney Fong responded:
        September 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm


    icelandpenny said:
    August 5, 2013 at 5:45 am

    How our colonial masters loved to make our cities and towns look as much as possible like the “mother country”! The brick must seem very out of place? Or perhaps it does fit in, as a reminder of an earlier era and way of thinking…

      Sydney Fong responded:
      August 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      This is one of the building left in post-war times, it’s glad to be conserved under the Historical Building, or else the it will wash sway by the city trend! 🙂

    dan said:
    August 6, 2013 at 1:17 am

    good work!

    Brandon Lee said:
    August 14, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Just happened to bump in your blog. Interesting post and thanks for that! I always admire the beauty of the Macdonald house whenever I pass by that place.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      September 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      O, so are you a local?

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