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Heng Kee Paper Merchants
Ngai C O told us that:
Heng Kee once sold paper products, which were burnt in Taoist prayer offerings; now the same shop has a new name - Perniagaan Zin Xin.
Ipoh Remembered also adds:
"This block of shop-houses was designed by the firm of Keys & Dowdeswell, which was also responsible for the Mercantile Bank building on Station Road, the Times of Malaya building on Brewster Road, Lam Looking’s building on Laxamana Road, the Turf Club’s grand-stand, and so on.
I wonder if the chimneys are still in use: I suppose the original kitchens are not there any more.
The spiral stair-cases were there to comply with fire regulations. I don’t think they are common in Ipoh, though.
And yes, the block was designed in a Neo-Classical style, featuring both Greek and Roman forms and motifs."
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