Thursday, January 27, 2011

A True Sino-Colonial Mansion in Phuket Town

This mansion is regarded as the finest  and grandest example of 'Angmor-lao' the Chinese name  for a home of this size and quality in Phuket. 'Angmor ' meaning foreign and 'lao' meaning mansion. The ochre hued Italianate styled Phra Phitak Chyn Pracha Mansion sits on the edge of old Phuket Town.  Facing south to Krabi Road the mansion captures the tropical breezes and is situated on a land plot of almost 2 acres. The banyan trees on the property are breathtaking!

The mansion was built in 1903 by the Tin mine baron Tan Ma Sieng. In the past on occasion, it has been used as the governor's mansion explaining it's present moniker. Inherited by the son, Sithi Thandaavanitj it was barely maintained for decades. When we arrived in Phuket in 2000 the building was very worn and tired and rumours abounded, what would happen to it? After the death of Khun Pracha Tandavanitj  in 2006 the house was occasionally opened as a private museum by his widow during Phuket's Heritage Week celebrations. Finally in 2008 a lease was signed with the famous Blue Elephant restaurant group. A major restoration ensued from a new roof to the foundations. It has quite a different interpertation on the interior now from the original but it nontheless is beautifully done and has given the old mansion a new and exciting life!


quintessence said...

Heather - this is simply stunning. Wonderful to see such beautiful restorations of significant buildings! Is the food good?

Renée Finberg said...

oh no!!!!
this is stupendous.

i love the colors used and all the wood working.

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Viera said...

beautiful architecture. Love the yellow-ish and black colour combo.

Jamie Herzlinger said...

Wonderful post and stunning example of Asian Colonial. Thank goodness there are ose in the world that preserve such structures as these so the rest of the world may benefit.

Jamie Herzlinger

ArchitectDesign™ said...

the wood doors with the gold detailing are spectacular!