We took a short road trip to Malacca stopping at a wonderful old heritage building known as Nam Hoe Villa where we had some good local Peranakan food for lunch.
These photos were captured on a Canon film camera and the negatives subsequently scanned and then post processed in Capture One Pro. The image quality in many cases is poor as many of the negatives were damaged by heat and humidity over time.
Nam Hoe Villa, according to an embossment on the building’s entrance, was opened in 1927 by Loh Kim Swi.
It was then taken over by another Peranakan community leader, Tay Boon Seng, in the 1950s.
Under Tay’s ownership, the villa became a retreat for first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj when he visited Malacca, where pre-independence meetings were held between him and Chinese community leaders, including MCA founder Tun Tan Cheng Lock.
The villa also hosted foreign dignitaries and federal ministers who visited Malacca post-independence, before it was turned into a popular Peranakan restaurant in the 1970s. However, it has been abandoned since the late 1990s.
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