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MacDonald House

40A Orchard Road
Singapore Singapore

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1947
  Finished1949
Floor Count12
Building Uses
 - unused
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - pole
 - frame
Materials
 - steel
 - marble
 - brick
 - concrete

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Flagpole148 ft
Flagpole mounted on the side of the building.
Roof141 ft

Description
First building in Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia + Singapore) to be fully air-conditioned.

Currently the oldest highrise building in Singapore.

Gazetted a National Monument in January 2003.

On 11 March 1965 ,a bomb planted by sabotuers exploded inside the building near the lift area on the mezzanine floor ,killing 2 female employees of the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank which occupies and owns the building.

The building was the first highrise in the Orchard Road district.

This is the tallest building to be designed in a Classical style (Jacobean).Jacobean elements can be seen on its enclosed bay balconies and on the eleventh floor balustrades.

In late 2003 ,the building was sold to an Indonesian investor for SGD $36m.It stands empty as of now.

Its net lettable area is 78600 sq ft.

Designed by Palmer & Turner.

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