Still Road



Still Road connects Changi Road and East Coast Road. After its junction with East Coast Road, Still Road continues as Still Road South, which joins East Coast Parkway (ECP).1 On the opposite end, after its junction with Changi Road, Still Road continues as Jalan Eunos to link up with the Pan Island Expressway.2 Still Road runs parallel to Telok Kurau Road.3

Both Still Road and Still Road South were named after Alexander William Still, who was the chief editor of The Straits Times from 1908 to 1926.

History
Still Road, originally called Lorong 210 East Coast, was named after Alexander William Still in 1933.5 Under his watch, The Straits Times earned the title “Thunderer of the East”, with Still being a forthright commentator on various political and economic issues.6 As a council member of the Rubber Growers’ Association of British Malaya, Still was a strong voice on issues pertaining to the rubber industry.7 He was also a member of the Freemasons.8 


Still Road is in the Katong/Joo Chiat area in the eastern part of Singapore.9 When land was reclaimed for Marine Parade in the 1960s, this road was extended to link Koon Seng Road and East Coast Road in the ’80s.10 The road that continues after Still Road crosses East Coast Road is called Still Road South, which opens into the ECP.11

Many grand houses facing the sea once lined Still Road.12 One of them is the former Grand Hotel on Still Road, where a sea wall used to separate the land from the sea.13 Aptly named, the hotel was built in 1920 in Victorian and pseudo-high renaissance architectural styles.14 Before becoming a hotel, it was one of the grandest private houses on Still Road. Owned by Indian cattle merchant Moona Kadir Sultan, it was initially called Karikal Mahal after its owner’s birth town.15 It was converted into a hotel in 1947. With the extension of Still Road to Still Road South in 1973, the Grand Hotel was cut into two. The two properties were converted into pre-schools in 2016.16

The Jamiyah Home For The Aged was temporarily located at Still Road from 1996 to 1997, before moving to Tampines.17

Description

Still Road is lined mostly with houses, apartments and shophouses.18 Tao Nan School is located at the junction of Still Road South and Marine Parade Road.19 On the other side of Still Road South, opposite the school, is the Marine Parade Community Building that houses the Marine Parade Community Centre, the Marine Parade Public Library as well as an arts group, The Necessary Stage.20 Other establishments on Still Road include Al-Khairiah Islamic School, Malacca Hotel and the Police National Service Department.21

Telok Kurau Secondary School is at Chin Cheng Avenue, just off Still Road.22 Still Lane, also named after Alexander William Still, is a short offshoot from Still Road and is located between Lorong L Telok Kurau and Lorong M Telok Kurau. It leads to some private residences.23



Author

Thulaja Naidu Ratnala 



References
1. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 302. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])
2. Lee, H. S. (1985, September 14). Still Road to be expanding into six lane highway. The Business Times, p. 12. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
3. Singapore Land Authority. (2003). Singapore street directory. Singapore: SingTel Yellow Pages under the license of Singapore Land Authority, p. 325 (Call no.: RSING 912.5957 SSD)
4. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, pp. 357–358. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA]); Kong, L., & Chang, T. C. (2001). Joo Chiat: A living legacy. Singapore: Archipelago Press, p. 126. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 KON-[HIS])
5. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, pp. 357–358. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA]); Turnbull, C. M. (1995). Dateline Singapore: 150 years of the Straits Times. Singapore: Times Editions: Singapore Press Holdings, pp. 65, 79. (Call no.: RSING 079.5957 TUR)
6. Turnbull, C. M. (1995). Dateline Singapore: 150 years of the Straits Times. Singapore: Times Editions: Singapore Press Holdings, pp. 65, 68–69. (Call no.: RSING 079.5957 TUR)
7. Turnbull, C. M. (1995). Dateline Singapore: 150 years of the Straits Times. Singapore: Times Editions: Singapore Press Holdings, p. 68. (Call no.: RSING 079.5957 TUR)
8. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, pp. 357–358. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA])
9. Khul, J. (1997, April 25). Old world charm. The New Paper, p. 77. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Urban Redevelopment Authority. (2017). View planning boundaries [Interactive map]. Retrieved 2017, February 23 from Urban Redevelopment Authority website: https://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/master-plan/Contacts/View-Planning-Boundaries
10. Lee, H. S. (1985, September 14). Still Road to be expanding into six lane highway. The Business Times, p. 12; De Silva, G. (1987, May 4). 10% more land here between 1960 and 1992. The Straits Times, p. 18. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
11. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 302. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])
12. Byrne, B. G. (2002). Singapore: A walking tour. Singapore: Times Editions, p. 108. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 BYR-[HIS])
13. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places.  Singapore: Times Books International, p. 291. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])
14. Kong, L., & Chang, T. C. (2001). Joo Chiat: A living legacy. Singapore: Archipelago Press, p. 53. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 KON-[HIS]); Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 302. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])
15. Kong, L., & Chang, T. C. (2001). Joo Chiat: A living legacy. Singapore: Archipelago Press, p. 53. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 KON-[HIS])
16. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 303. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA]); Heng, J., & Lin, M. (2016, July 31). Still Road’s old Grand Hotel gets a new life. The Straits Times. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/
17. Jamiyah Singapore – Jamiyah Home For The Aged. (2011–2012). About us. Retrieved 2016, October 17 from Jamiyah Singapore website: http://jha.jamiyah.org.sg/subindex.asp?id=A058_11
18. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 291. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA]); Kong, L., & Chang, T. C. (2001). Joo Chiat: A living legacy. Singapore: Archipelago Press, p. 53. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 KON-[HIS])
19. Tao Nan School. (2016). Contact us. Retrieved 2016, October 17 from Tao Nan School website: http://taonan.moe.edu.sg/other/contact-us
20. Sng, S. (2000, May 27). A three-in-one community hubThe Straits Times, p. 4. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Byrne, B. G. (2002). Singapore: A walking tour. Singapore: Times Editions, p. 108. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 BYR-[HIS])
21. Singapore Land Authority. (2003). Singapore street directory. Singapore: SingTel Yellow Pages under the license of Singapore Land Authority, p. 325. (Call no.: RSING 912.5957 SSD); Singapore Police Force. (2016, April 3). Other police units. Retrieved 2017, February 24 from Singapore Police Force website: http://www.police.gov.sg/content/contact-us/other-police-units
22. Chua, G. (2004, August 4). We never forget how old our school is. The New Paper, p. 7. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
23. Singapore Land Authority. (2003). Singapore street directory. Singapore: SingTel Yellow Pages under the license of Singapore Land Authority, p. 325. (Call no.: RSING 912.5957 SSD)



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