Old but gold.
This building probably dated from fifteenth century and the first documented occupants in the year 1839. From tailor shop, ale stores, glass warehouse to waterproof clothing. Now it become as one of my favourite UK convenience food, Pret A Manger.
Like any other store, Pret in Cornmarket Street, Oxford not only serve decent food but also an excellent example of retrofit building, with a twist of modern interior design.
Whereby in Malaysia, it is quite rare to see old buildings converted to functional and stylish shop like this. Building mostly were damaged from poor maintenance, burnt or unskillful wood craftmen.
From the left you can see a money changer, next 2 shop lots in the middle belongs to Pret.
You may see small area of the walls are the original parts of the building connecting a few steps down to another section of Pret with one-side railing.
In hope that writing this, we can appreciate our old and gold treasure. The sentimental items, values and cultural history that are useful in the future.
Retrofit requires money, expertise and confident to preserve places like this.
Do you have any favourite old but gold places to share? Tell me your story!
Groundedhito. Thank you