冒頭の Chartered Bank 建て替えのやってしまわれた感が従業員的に悲しい: Raffles Place, 50 Years of Transformation | Remember Singapore /

Can I ask a nerdy question about the Mercantile Bank building? In 1916, the Mercantile Bank (did you know it was the oldest bank in Malaysia and I think maybe the first in Singapore – 1856?) bought a lease on the earlier building that occupied this site, 21 Raffles Place. The building you illustrate was put up in 1930, constructed of reinforced concrete. Upstairs, above the bank, some 30 rooms of bank ‘chambers’ were rented out as offices. I think the architects were Swan & Maclaren, who did most of the other spiffy buildings in Sg at that time. The Mercantile was taken over by the Hongkong Bank (HSBC) in 1959, but continued independently until finally the two were integrated around 1973. So my question is: when you say that it was the office for the Prudential Assurance Company (1931-1941 and 1945-1962), did they operate in another part of the building? The Mercantile mus...

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