Gilstead Road



Gilstead Road, which connects Dunearn Road and Buckley Road, is lined with old residential units, some dating back to the 1920s.

Description
Gilstead Road probably derives its name from an English family name.1 Near the Morimasa Gardens condominium, Gilstead Road divides into three roads of the same name: the first reaches a cul-de-sac; the second, main road continues as Gilstead Road and then connects to Buckley Road; and the third leads shortly to Evelyn Road.2


At the junction of Gilstead Road and Dunearn Road is the former Home Nursing Foundation building. Gilstead Road is home to many houses, both old and new. One of the old houses is an unnamed two-storey timber-and-brick house constructed in 1920.3 Near the former Home Nursing Foundation building are two old unnamed identical grand houses located within spacious gardens. Another house, named “Westbourne”, was built in 1927 for the prominent medical doctor, Yin Suat Chuan (better known as just S. C. Yin).4 It was once home to the former Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore.5

In addition to these prewar houses are modern flats built in the 1970s such as Gilstead Court, which is a five-storey red-brick apartment block constructed in 1978. A 10- and 11-storey twin-block development built in 1975 is located at the junction of Gilstead and Evelyn roads.6

The Galilee Bible Presbyterian Church was located on Gilstead Road from 1972 until 1979 when it moved to Pandan Gardens. Other religious sites on Gilstead Road are the former Life Bible Presbyterian Church, an eclectic and classical architectural building was constructed between 1962 and 1963.7



Author
Naidu Ratnala Thulaja



References
1. Dunlop, P. K. G. (2000). Street names of Singapore. Singapore: Who’s Who Publications, p. 93. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 DUN-[HIS])
2. OneMap. (n.d.). Retrieved 2016, June 28, from OneMap website: https://www.onemap.sg/index.html
3. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 107. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])
4. Hong, T. (October, 2009). On the streets of Singapore. Passage, p. 15. Retrieved 2016, June 25, from Friends of the Museums website: http://www.fom.sg/Passage/2009/10streets.pdf
5. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 99. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])
6. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, pp. 100, 107. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])
7. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 100. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW)



The information in this article is valid as at 2003 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

 

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Street names--Singapore
Arts>>Architecture>>Public and commercial buildings
Streets and Places
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