Grading: Grade 3
Situated at the junction of Nathan Road and Austin Road, the beige and yellow structure at 190 Nathan Road is a four-storey European house, believed to be constructed before 1937. The building functioned mainly as shophouses, but was later renovated for commercial use only.
Featuring Chinese-style balconies, this pre-war structure is one of only three corner buildings with porch-like balconies left in the city (2). On each floor, a veranda connects different units on the side of the block facing Austin Road — a design commonly seen in European apartment buildings. Standing on the corner of two roads, the building has a unique design, with two of its elevations facing the streets. Built in 1860, Nathan Road, which used to be adjacent to the residential area for foreigners, was gradually developed into a busy street. Many buildings of the 1930s incorporated Chinese and Western architectural elements, showing a diversity of building.
(2) Figures as at 2021.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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