Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Dear Friends and Neighbours!

We are pleased to inform one and all that, as Swee Lee has shared, it is confirmed that the repainting scheme will be Choice A – the original Colonial scheme of White with grey trimmings/highlights.

This was chosen by a large majority of the residents who came to vote for the scheme.

On the past Saturday, 13th December, the Town Council invited the Painting sub-committee to look at the mock ups along Seng Poh Road, at the junction of Eu Chin Street, to discuss the details of the proposal.

It was agreed that naturally, the scheme with the most votes will be the one selected.

What happens now is that Andrew , the architect in charge of the paint scheme, will develop the details of the White and Grey Scheme in greater detail, and a full scale 'mock up' will be done on one pre-war and one post-war block to work out the exact shades of White and Grey that will be applied.

Considerations will include how dark the grey should be, where to vary the grey to give some 3-dimensional effects, and where to paint grey to hide dirt from rain splash etc etc.

Once that is settled in the next few weeks – rain and festivals permitting, the estate will then be repainted.

Some of you might wonder why the white mock up at Seng Poh/Eu Chin seems so uneven, there is a simple explanation for that – which is that – the gondola broke down while doing the white mock up – so, it could not be completely done at the moment.

Anyway, we, at the Heritage Group would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone at the Tanjong Pagar Town Council – Mr Loy Sai Sai, Mr Eric Soh and their team of helpers, Mr Andrew Loh, who developed the scheme based on all our inputs, and Mr Tan Nguk Lin from the Tiong Bahru CC for hosting the exhibition for their enthusiasm in this project. Thanks too to Alvin and Mandeep for the blog updates….

We would also like to thank all of you – dear friends, neighbours and supporters for all your support and effort to come down to see and to vote and to get your own friends and neighbours to vote!

With such a group of residents, we are sure that we are able to make this a better home for all of us.

There will be more updates when TC informs us of the timelines etc etc.

I will also collate the information that some of you have given on the housekeeping situation and propose something in the new year. Maybe it will be one project per 6 months or a year?

All that remains for us to say is – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to one and all!


Kelvin, on behalf of the Tiong Bahru HC

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Old Pictures of SIT Flats

Thanks Kelvin for these lovely images!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

We're Not Alone!

Here's another Art Deco Society, this time in California. Check out their website at http://www.artdecosociety.org/

Brickwork Pics

Very unique brick sections!

Post-War Pics

More Old Paint

Anyone else like the green? ;) The blue in the grille fames is also very nice.


These are examples of "doors" or "gateways" along the buildings. The new paint scheme can perhaps highlight these too as they are quite unique. Note the vertical elements that give a maritime feel due to the forms evoking the mast of a ship. Very Art Deco!