Peranakan Place



Peranakan Place, formerly known as Peranakan Corner, is situated at 180 Orchard Road.1 It forms part of the Emerald Hill Conservation Area within the Orchard district in central Singapore. Peranakan Place comprises a row of six two-storey shophouses facing Orchard Road, built around 1902. The entrance is on Emerald Hill Road at the Orchard Road junction.2

History and key developments
At the turn of the 20th century, Emerald Hill Road became a fashionable abode for Peranakans who had settled in Singapore for more than 50 years. Their dwellings combined European Doric columns, shuttered windows and brightly coloured ceramic tiles with flower and bird motifs, creating an architectural melange commonly referred to as Chinese Baroque.3

In 1984, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) leased Peranakan Corner en-bloc to Peranakan Place Complex Pte Ltd, an entity jointly established by a group of people who shared the common objective of promoting the spirit and life of the Peranakan community and culture. Members of the group included an antique dealer, an architect, a property developer and a 10th-generation Peranakan. The area was also renamed Peranakan Place in that year.4

To preserve some of the best examples of Peranakan buildings and dwelling houses in Singapore, the URA announced in August 1985 that Emerald Hill Road was to be a conservation area.5 With the setting up of the Emerald Hill Conservation Area at a cost of S$2.2 million, the URA restored and reopened the six double-storey shophouses in Peranakan Place later that year.6 The tenants included Bibi’s, a night-spot that offered Peranakan food and theatre entertainment; a museum; and a shop selling Peranakan antiques, cooking utensils, ingredients and cookbooks.7

In the 1990s, Peranakan Place underwent a second round of renovation, and thereafter saw the opening of electronics and optical shops.8 In 1999, the lessee, Peranakan Place Complex Pte Ltd, bought over the conserved shophouses from the landlord, Pidemco Land.9

With its historic colonnaded covered walkways, Peranakan Place is currently an attraction on Orchard Road for tourists and locals alike. It is closed off to traffic, and has commercial spaces as well as food and beverage outlets.10



Author

Vernon Cornelius



References
1.
Peranakan Place. (n.d.). Contact. Retrieved 2017, May 4 from Peranakan Place website: http://peranakanplace.com/contact/
2.
Urban Redevelopment Authority. (1994). Orchard planning area: Planning report 1994. Singapore: The Authority, p. 5. (Call no.: RSING 711.4095957 SIN); Urban Redevelopment Authority. (2016, July 28). Emerald Hill. Retrieved 2017, February 28 from Urban Redevelopment Authority website: https://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/conservation/conservation-xml.aspx?id=EMHL
3.
Peranakan Place. (1989). Goodwood Journal, 4th Qtr., pp. 6–11. (Call no.: RSING 052 GHCGJ); Tan, D. W. (2002, October 27). A short history of Peranakan PlaceThe New Paper, p. 36. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
4.
Oei, S. G. (1984, November 30). Peranakan corner leased to one groupThe Singapore Monitor, p. 3; Lee, L. (1984, December 1). Group of four wins contract to manage Peranakan PlaceThe Business Times, p. 12. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
5.
Urban Redevelopment Authority. (1994). Orchard planning area: Planning report 1994. Singapore: The Authority, pp. 23–24. (Call no.: RSING 711.4095957 SIN); Peranakan Place. (1989). Goodwood Journal, 4th Qtr., pp. 6–11. (Call no.: RSING 052 GHCGJ); Urban Redevelopment Authority. (2016, July 28). Emerald Hill. Retrieved 2017, February 28 from Urban Redevelopment Authority website: https://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/conservation/conservation-xml.aspx?id=EMHL
6.
Peranakan Place. (1989). Goodwood Journal, 4th Qtr., pp. 6–11. (Call no.: RSING 052 GHCGJ); Tan, D. W. (2002, October 27). A short history of Peranakan PlaceThe New Paper, p. 36. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
7.
Peranakan Place goes modern. (1991, April 16). The Straits Times, p. 21; Chan, M. (1985, May 26). Just like grandma’s feasts. The Straits Times, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
8.
Peranakan Place goes modern. (1991, April 16). The Straits Times, p. 21. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
9.
Tan, D. W. (2002, October 27). A short history of Peranakan PlaceThe New Paper, p. 36. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
10.
Urban Redevelopment Authority. (1994). Orchard planning area: Planning report 1994. Singapore: The Authority, pp. 23–24. (Call no.: RSING 711.4095957 SIN); Peranakan Place. (1989). Goodwood Journal, 4th Qtr., pp. 6–11. (Call no.: RSING 052 GHCGJ); Urban Redevelopment Authority. (2016, July 28). Emerald Hill. Retrieved 2017, February 28 from Urban Redevelopment Authority website: https://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/conservation/conservation-xml.aspx?id=EMHL



The information in this article is valid as at 2000 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. 

Subject
Historic buildings--Singapore
Streets and Places
Arts>>Architecture>>Public and commercial buildings
People and communities>>Social groups and communities
Architecture and Landscape>>Streets and Places
Peranakan(Asian People--Dwellings