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  • Beginnings of the Singapore Improvement Trust and Tiong Bahru Estate

    Singapore Improvement Trust flats dating to 1950s

    Established in 1920 following recommendations of a housing commission set up to review living conditions of the overcrowded central area of Singapore, the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) grew out of an idea first mooted more than a decade earlier in an editorial of The Singapore Free Press. SIT's first major housing project was Kampong Tiong Bahru.

  • Black and White Houses in Singapore

    A Black and White Bungalow from the 1900s

    In land-scarce Singapore, the sight of one of the estimated 500 remaining Black and White Houses often conjures up memories of the colonial era in Singapore. Although a majority of these houses were built within a short span of around 25 years between 1903-1928, its uniqueness to the region and unrivalled architecture has made it an invaluable part of Singapore’s history.

  • Caldecott Through The Years

    Caldecott

    For the past 80 years, you have known it as the stomping ground of Singapore’s best-loved television stars, and where our television classics such as ‘Under One Roof’, ‘The Unbeatables’ and ‘The Little Nyonya’ were created.

  • Johnston's and Clifford Pier

    1973 Upgrade to Clifford Pier and Change Alley

    Named after Alexander Laurie Johnston, one of Singapore’s earliest European settlers, Johnston’s Pier was also affectionately known as Lampu Merah (Malay) or Ang Teng (Hokkien), which means “Red Lamp”. This was in reference to the red lantern hung at the end of the pier that served as a warning for incoming sea-faring vessels. Johnston’s Pier was the predecessor to what most people would recognise as Clifford Pier today.

  • Jurong New Town and Jurong Industrial Estate

    Dr Goh Keng Swee at JTC Meeting in 1968

    Jurong New Town and the accompanying Jurong Industrial Estate were the two most ambitious projects the government undertook during the 1960s. It was helmed by former Finance Minister Dr Goh Keng Swee and transformed the former swamplands of Jurong into a key-manufacturing sector that provided jobs for thousands of Singaporeans, all while creating a brand new housing estate altogether.

  • Protector of Singapore’s built heritage

    Kelvin Ang

    Kelvin Ang believes that heritage buildings must be places where people spend time, creating happy memories of their own.

  • Queenstown - The Queen of Housing Estates

    Building Works at Queenstown

    First developed by the colonial administration’s Singapore Improvement Trust, and later completed by its successor, the Housing and Development Board, Queenstown was used as a test bed for much of Singapore’s public housing. It would be the satellite town to pioneer many firsts, including the first HDB flats, tallest public housing blocks, first point blocks and first community and social institutions – with a polyclinic, branch library and neighbourhood sports complex.

  • Refurbishment of Bukit Brown Cemetery Gates

    Bukit Brown Gates 2

    NHB commissioned Fusion Clad Precision to refurbish the four cast iron gates at the entrance of Bukit Brown Cemetery. The process took six months and was completed in August 2016.

  • Singapore Shophouses

    Chionshire Styled Shophouse in Geylang

    Across the island, the Singapore shophouse is a quintessential architectural icon still widely used for residential and commercial purposes. It remains a visible canvas that portrays Singapore’s intriguing multicultural and architectural influences throughout the years.

  • Street Names in Singapore

    High Street

    How did Singapore street names originate and come to be the markers they are today? Behind some of these names illuminate pockets of Singapore history and personality profiles. Old street names may represent activities, communities and personalities, and carry connotations of cultural, economic, political and social nature.

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