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Old Supreme Court Building, Singapore

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The Old Supreme Court Building is the former courthouse of the Supreme Court of Singapore, before it moved out of the building and commenced operations in the new building on 20 June 2005. The building was the last structure in the style of classical architecture to be built in the former British colony. It is planned to become an arts and cultural centre in future, with plans to refurbish the building.HistoryMany colonial-built houses were built before the courthouse was constructed in the 1930s, in addition to the Grand Hotel de l'Europe, which was demolished to make way for the new building. Raffles initially designated the site for public use, but his administrator in Singapore, Willam Farquhar, allowed private residences to be constructed there. By the 1830s, houses built in Madras chunam lined the streets that faced the sea. The residence of Edward Boustead designed by George Drumgoole Coleman stood there. The house was remodeled to become hotels of several names, namely London Hotel, Hotel de l'Esperance and later Hotel de l'Europe. However, these houses made way for the Grand Hotel de l'Europe in 1900, the only other hotel in Singapore that could be comparable with the landmark Raffles Hotel. The Grand Hotel boasted a lounge, reading room, a bar, shops and a roof garden, a novelty at that time. In 1932, the hotel's business declined and filed for bankruptcy. It made way in 1936 for the present building, the former building had good views of the Padang from its verandah.
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  • The side facing the Padang cricket ground, old town hall and the old Supreme Court building. Is a chalky colonial buildings which are currently holding two, in the National Gallery. In the old Supreme Court toward the dome on the left side of the building here is central Southeast Asian art exhibition. Old town hall building is Singapore Art Exhibition Center.
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  • Used to be our Supreme Court till it turns it to a Arts Museum. With a lot of used furnitures during ages ago when it is a court house. I nearly lost my way as there is to many court rooms. On the 5th...  more »
  • The significance of this building is more in the story of the new high court building. The new one is a super high tech place where the prisoners are taken to the basement and put in an elevator shaft...  more »
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  • Beautiful and historical place still in function on a daily basis.
  • Historical building still in function. With newly opened national fine art gallery as its complement
  • Now this is part of National Gallery of Singapore. They still keep the original layout but you cannot get close to the furniture. In the round hall, you will find some archives about Singapore history.
  • Good scenery
  • The supreme court building of Singapore houses the national courts in a beautiful historic neo classical building complete with huge dome. The dome doesn't dominate the skyline as much as could be expected because of the nearby high rises. Make sure to include this on any walking tour of the area.