01 Jul '11, 4pm

@sivasothi Before The Central, there was Ellenborough Building, Sg's earliest shophouses.

@sivasothi Before The Central, there was Ellenborough Building, Sg's earliest shophouses.

Having cable and HD means that I hardly ever watch Channel 5. However, this new series about old buildings, Listen to our walls , is reason for me to stomach the free-to-air English station for half an hour every week. Today’s episode covered mixed use buildings, particularly housing/shopping mixes. The show began with shophouses, covering some of the periods of shophouses in Singapore – never knew there was such a thing as Chinese Baroque. Dr Victor Savage, from NUS, who co-authored the Topynymics book about Singapore street names, gave his insights about shophouses. The segment zoomed in on Ellenborough Building, one of Singapore’s earliest shophouses. To the young ones, that’s where Clarke Quay MRT and the monstrous Central stand today. Yes, nothing like old photos and archival film juxtaposed against yet another shopping mall to bring out the indignant anti-progress pr...

Full article: http://deadpoetscave.com/2009/01/listen-to-our-walls/

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@sivasothi @john_larkin Coincidentally, Ellenborough is in today's Yesterday.sg post. Refer to Singapore River in 1985.

@sivasothi @john_larkin Coincidentally, Ellenbo...

yesterday.sg 02 Jul '11, 6am

“Building Conservation, 2011 - By the Singapore River. The stretch of pre-war buildings is called Boat Quay. Almost all we...