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Old Supreme Court Building, Singapore

Categories: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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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 massive front of the building is very imposing, however, it could be cleaned a bit better. We were not able to go inside, so not really a place to make a detour for. 
  • Green dome is the impressive stately buildings. In the British colonial era buildings so called Victorian. Because it is across the road that has opened in Padang square building was looked at closely.
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  • 新加坡最高法院的建筑距今也有近80年的历史,整座建筑属于欧式风格,内部还有精美的壁画以及带有雕刻的石柱。有不少的当地人在门前的草坪上休息,还有的人在那里拍婚纱照。最高法院是有供游客参观的开放时间的,具体可以参考官方网站。 
  • 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
  • Was interested
  • 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.
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