I fell in love with Stamford House mere days after we landed in Singapore. It’s a stunningly beautiful building, IMHO. I adore the building’s curved central pediment, gold tinted detailing, Venetian windows, and exquisitely-wrought cast iron grilles.
The adjacent Capitol Building, which houses the Capitol Theatre, is “eclectic neo-Classical” and is characterized by its ponderous colonnades and wide overhang. The Theatre has quite an incredible history, as a cinema hall, a teen hangout, and a food depot.
These historic structures inspire me nearly every day. I walk past them on my way to and from the library or Singapore Art Museum or Bras Basah Complex or the City Hall MRT.
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When we arrived in Singapore, Stamford House’s arcade was home to a number of well-curated apparel and lifestyle boutiques. Today, all three buildings are abandoned but will soon—by 2014—be redeveloped into a hotel/theatre/retail/residential complex. Thankfully, these buildings have been “gazetted” for conservation, meaning that at least the buildings’ facades and other architectural features must be maintained to ensure the buildings’ historical integrity.