In July 2007, this building was gazette as one of the 50 National Heritages by the National Heritage Department, under the National Heritage Department Act 2005. The Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage (now known as Ministry of Information, Communication and Cultural) donated RM500, 000.00 to refurbish this building to its original state.
The total restoration cost is estimated at RM1.86 million. In 2005, the hall received RM200, 000.00 from the ministry to renovate its auditorium. The original building was built in Neo-Classical, with huge roman pillars, European-style carvings and high ceilings. It was said that the three entrances at the front were built in the original structure because the number three has special significance in Chinese culture, which means – man, earth, and the sky which balance out the universe. During its glory days, the hall was filled by the Chinese community that gathered for news, to participate in cultural programs or to watch stage performances. During the World War II, it was a place where many people sought refuge and aid, and later in the 1950s, after the Independence Day, members of the hall played significant role in encouraging Chinese community to apply for citizenship. In the early days, many Chinese retained a close attachment to mainland China and during the World War II, they even collected money to fund China’s war against Japan. But after the war, the communities felt there was a need to change the perception of the Chinese community towards the then Malaya and to create sense of belonging. The hall played important role in this social movement.