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Old Hill Street Police Station (MICA Building)

On the shores of the Singapore River, opposite Clarke Quay, there is a big building with multi-coloured windows.  This is the home of the Ministry of Communication, Information and the Arts (MICA).

Located at the junction of Hill Street and River Valley Road, the Hill Street Building was designed by the Public Works Department under Frank Dorrington Ward and completed in 1934.  Older Singaporeans will remember that the building housed the Hill Street Police Station for many years.  It was also the first home of the National Archives.

When this building was built in the 1930s, it was the largest government building in Singapore.  It was then considered a modern ‘skyscraper’.

Presently, the National Heritage Board, the National Arts Council and several private art galleries occupy this building that is adorned with 911 brightly-coloured windows.  The Hill Street building was gazetted as a National Monument on 18 December 1998.


Written by victorkoo

10 September, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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