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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. The building, together with the City Hall, has been converted into National Art Gallery of Singapore which was opened in 2015.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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  • This is a grand structure with a huge air conditioned area where you can step in and cool off. Enter at the ground level and enjoy a few minutes of cool air! While the best part of the building is the...  more »
  • This building now houses the new National Gallery. To find out more and for current reviews, please search under National Gallery  more »
  • 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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