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.
Many 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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  • One of the old British government buildings, you should try to pass by to see this building during your sightseeing in Singapore.  more »
  • We came upon this by chance as we were walking around the city. Amazing architecture. This is where the museum is located. Worth the time to visit.  more »
  • This building is a landmark for Singapore, with a unique architecture compared with the buildings in the surrounding. One should consider spending one or two hours to visit this landmark.  more »
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  • Beautiful building, a mix of colonial architecture and art deco architecture on the interior. The volunteer guides who run the tours are lovely and are full of knowledge, great experience.
  • Old fashioned building housing the museum. Check out the new Supreme Court. Wow!
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