Standing alone in Punggol, the Matilda House has been around for more than a hundred years. It was built in 1902 by Irish lawyer Joseph William Cashin for his wife. The wealthy Cashin family regarded the Matilda House, also known as Istana Menanti (“Waiting Palace” in Malay) or the Punggol Kampong House, as a weekend resort. It has been abandoned since the government took over the property in 1972. Singapore.