#3: Goh Loo Club
Where: 72 Club Street
Open since: 1905 – it is one of the original members’ clubs and counts founding citizens including Lim Boon Keng and Lee Kong Chian as members.
Who’s behind it: Stephanie Lee, a fourth generation club member who spearheaded the millennial redevelopment of the club.
Typical member profile: Established Chinese businessmen and their new gen descendants.
The decor: Living museum meets modern update. A 16-month renovation by architecture firm Artprentice restored key areas such as the buildings’ louvered windows, to their original glory, while historic Chinese paintings and calligraphy (including a couplet scroll gifted by Lin Sen, the former President of China) and chinoiserie artefacts, such as three-sided mahjong tables, pay homage to the club’s roots.
Standout facilities: The members-only clubhouse on the third floor of the building is decked out with comfortable lounge chairs and a multi-purpose events space for recreational activities such as calligraphy workshops, music performances, and art exhibitions.
Membership quirks: Currently by referral only, but the club is considering a membership drive later this year.
Join it because: You are interested in learning about traditional and modern aspects of Chinese culture from the experts and masters of their respective crafts.
Photography Zaphs Zhang & Darren Chang Art Direction Adeline Eng
This story first appeared in Female’s April 2018 issue.
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