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Melaka Townhouse Characteristics Terraced Buildings (some time detached building could be found outside urban areas) Single, two or three storey Narrow fronts and deep rears Two or three blocks separated with airwells and with or without fore court & rear court Living rooms at front block & praying alter in second block of ground floor. Family dining, kitchen, bath room & toilet at rear block Bedrooms at first floor and/or second floor Internal timber structure : up-stair’s floor board, ceiling & roof structure, doors & windows Load bearing brick & brick party walls Clay brick/terracotta roof profile Front private veranda (no continuous five-footway like shophouses). Building print up to street line (no set-back) Lime plaster and lime-wash paint

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Melaka Townhouse Characteristics

• Terraced Buildings (some time detached building could be found outside urban areas)

• Single, two or three storey• Narrow fronts and deep rears• Two or three blocks separated with

airwells and with or without fore court & rear court

• Living rooms at front block & praying alter in second block of ground floor. Family dining, kitchen, bath room & toilet at rear block

• Bedrooms at first floor and/or second floor

• Internal timber structure : up-stair’s floor board, ceiling & roof structure, doors & windows

• Load bearing brick & brick party walls

• Clay brick/terracotta roof profile• Front private veranda (no

continuous five-footway like shophouses).

• Building print up to street line (no set-back)

• Lime plaster and lime-wash paint

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Dutch Period Early Malacca Town House, Jonker StreetThe door and windows at the side wall (party wall) were later added. Openings are normally not permitted at party wall.

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Early Malacca Town House, Jalan Bukit Cina(The unit on the right may retain the original Dutch period door and upper window whiles unit on the left might has change the door and windows to a more Chinese

style house for front entrance, and Malay style tall windows)

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Malay Town Houses, Kampung Ketek / Kampung Hulu

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Malacca Peranakan Town Houses, Heeren Street

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Southern Chinese Style

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Chinese Courtyard Mansion (1850s-1900s)

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Southern Chinese Eclectic Style Town Houses, Jonker Street

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Dutch Period Chinese Style (1850s-1900s)

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Cut and Paste Chinese Porcelain (Chien Nien) Motif on the façade of Peranakan Town Houses

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Early Straits Eclectic Style (1880s – 1910s)

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Late Straits Eclectic Style (1910s-1930s)

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Late Straits Eclectic Style, 1930s

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Early Straits Eclectic Style, Early 1920s

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British Period Chinese Town Houses, Jalan Bukit China (1920s). Utilitarian Style

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Late Straits Eclectic Style, late 1920s

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Late Straits Eclectic Style, Late 1920s

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Late Straits Eclectic Style, Late 1920s

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Late Straits Eclectic Style, Late 1920s

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Malacca Early Town House, 1850s(With typical Dutch period front door and ‘lip-window’ and upper casement window with

large and long dark iron hinges)

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‘Lip Window’, Malacca Early Town House

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Private Verandah of Malacca Town Houses

Terracotta Floor Tiles Decorative Floor Tiles

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Malacca Early Town House

Decorative Floor TilesTerracotta Floor Tiles

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Air Well (inner court) in Malacca Town Houses for ventilation & lighting

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Contemporary design of inner court (air well) in Malacca Town Houses

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Cross Section of A typical Town Houses in Penang & Malacca.