Will the Chow Kit Heritage House ever reopen its doors? That looks to be happening in early 2019.
In July 2018, everyone was waiting for news that the reconstruction of the 1926 house, now relocated on the grounds of the National Art Gallery, was complete. All it needed were a few final touches before its unveiling in August.
All that changed overnight. A storm battered the structure standing forlorn in the rain. When the sun came out again, it was a sorry sight that met our eyes. Rebuilding was necessary, and the date of completion was pushed back.
The Chow Kit Heritage House, known as Rumah Degil (or Stubborn House), was originally located on Jalan Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur. As the city grew around it, it stood its ground and became the sole wooden structure in a concrete jungle.
The house was sold in 2013, when its final dweller could no longer afford the escalating maintenance costs, and the land on where it stood on was cleared in 2015.
The house was dismantled but the wood and other material stored. In 2017, Jabatan Warisan Negara acquired the property and work to rebuild the house at the National Art Gallery started in early 2018.
However, the project was fraught with challenges, and from its estimated completion date in August 2018, it is now expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2019.