For a decade, the 112-year-old Goh Loo Club at 72 Club Street, once a hotbed of activity, stood in disrepair among hip bars and restaurants. In a bid to stay relevant and attract younger members, members who took over in 2012 decided to revitalise the club, which was formed as a gathering place for the local Chinese community.
Many of Singapore’s founding fathers such as Dr Lim Boon Keng, who was also a writer, and prominent businessman and philanthropist Lee Kong Chian were members. The club premises – a 998 sq m, three-storey shophouse that was gazetted for conservation in July 1989 – underwent a 16-month renovation. It was completed in April last year at a cost of $3.8 million.