Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lee Rubber Building @ Petaling Street

Lee Rubber Building is a historic building in Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur. It was considered the tallest building in Kuala Lumpur when it was constructed in 1930. The iconic building was designed by British architect Arthuer Oakley Coltman in Art Deco style.

Located along Jalan Tun H.S Lee, the building is now vacated and reportedly to have been sold to a new owner. The signage on the building was removed where previously it displayed the name Lee Rubber Building,  as seen in the photo below.

(Photo from Wikipedia)

Previously, Popular Bookstore was the building's main tenant. The bookstore closed down its outlet at the building last year after 13 years. Other tenants included Peter Hoe Evolution and Beyond, a lifestyle store and cafe on the second floor and Pusat Tuisyen Kasturi, a tuition centre on the third floor.

Lee Rubber Building is listed by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) as a Category 2 historical building which meant the entire facade of the building must be conserved by its owner.