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A mansion where lavish parties were held.

ALKAFF Mansion at Telok Blangah Hill Park was built in 1918 for a rich trader from Yemen, Syed Abdul Rahman Alkaff. The site is part of Mount Faber ridge and it offers a magnificent view of the surrounding area.

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The Mansion was surrounded by well-tended gardens and the place was used to hold lavish parties. The Alkaff family sold the building after World War II. From 1990 to 2003, the mansion was used as a restaurant specialising in serving. Dutch Indonesian rijstafel. Today, the mansion stands empty and looks run-down.

The Alkaff family built The Arcade at Collyer Quay in 1909. In 1929, they built the Alkaff Gardens. The park had a lake with rowboats and landscaped gardens. Later, the lake was filled in and Willow Secondary School was built at the site in Sennett Estate.

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Title Annotation:TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME; Alkaff Mansion
Publication:Today's Manager
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2009
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