Thesis / Dissertation

The Classical Language of Architecture in British Malaya, 1867-1941

Soon-Tzu Speechley, Julie Willis (ed.)

Published : 2020


In both Malaysia and Singapore, thousands of historic buildings sport facades with architectural vocabulary drawn from Graeco-Roman Antiquity. Despite the ubiquity of classical ornament in Malayan architecture, to date there has been no comprehensive study of the classical style in Malaya. This thesis addresses this gap by undertaking the first survey of classical architecture in British Malaya. This thesis charts how classicism was transmitted and translated in Malaya between 1867, when the Straits Settlements became a Crown Colony of the British Empire, and 1941, when the Japanese invasion of Malaya interrupted Britain’s colonial influence. Through a stylistic analysis of selected buildi..

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