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Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall

This building is really in three parts: the theatre, the clock tower and the concert hall.  It was built in 1862 by John Bennett, the Municipal Engineer, as the Town Hall and stood in solitary magnificence till 1901 when the theatre was built in memory of Queen Victoria who passed away that year.

The theatre was designed by Regent Alfred John Bidwell.  At the same time it was being built, the Town Hall was renovated and renamed the Victoria Memorial Hall.

The iconic clock tower was added in 1906 and the architecture of the three buildings were harmonised and fused into its current form.

On 6 February 1919, to mark 100 years of Singapore’s founding by the British, the statue of Stamford Raffles by Thomas Woolner was moved from the Padang to the front of the memorial hall.


Written by victorkoo

17 September, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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