Orchard Road Market



Built in 1891, the Orchard Road Market used to occupy the site where Orchard Point is located today.1 A fair selling fresh produce, it was known to sell the freshest goods at higher prices compared to other markets in Singapore.2 The market was torn down by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and replaced by Orchard Point in 1982.3

History
By 1837, the site where the Orchard Road Market once stood was part of William Cuppage’s estate. Cuppage’s son-in-law, Edwin Koek, inherited the estate in the 1860s. The original structure on the site was called Koek’s Market. Soon after its completion in 1880, it was leased to the municipal authorities and became known as Orchard Road Municipal Market. In 1890, the land was purchased by the municipality. The building was then demolished and the municipality built a new one in its place in 1891.4


Known as Orchard Road Municipal Market in the early days, the new market originally only had one wing.5 In 1910, an additional wing and a concrete frontage were added.6 As the area was prone to flooding, the structure was raised a few years later. In 1930, a second building was constructed in front of the existing one at a cost of $25,000. Notwithstanding the renovations and additions, the Orchard Road Market retained its original cast-iron structure into the 1970s.7

A six-metre-tall cast-iron fountain made in Glasgow, Scotland, was once placed in front of the Orchard Road Market.8 It originally stood in the centre of Telok Ayer Market, but was relocated to Orchard Road Market in 1902.9 The fountain, which had once disappeared from public view but was later discovered and restored, now graces the courtyard of the Raffles Hotel.10



Author

Marsita Omar




References
1. Tyers, R. K. (1993). Ray Tyers’ Singapore: Then & now. Singapore: Landmark Books, p. 164. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 TYE-[HIS])
2. Tan, F. (1975, November 15). Market that pleases. New Nation, p. 7; Dhaliwal, R. K., & Tan, F. (1974, January 12). Where the cheaper markets are. New Nation, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
3. Tyers, R. K. (1993). Ray Tyers’ Singapore: Then & now. Singapore: Landmark Books, pp. 162, 164. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 TYE-[HIS])
4. Tyers, R. K. (1993). Ray Tyers’ Singapore: Then & now. Singapore: Landmark Books, p. 164. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 TYE-[HIS])
5. Liu, G. (1999). Singapore: A pictorial history 1819–2000. Singapore: Archipelago Press in association with the National Heritage Board, p. 129. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 LIU-[HIS]); Tyers, R. K. (1993). Ray Tyers’ Singapore: Then & now. Singapore: Landmark Books, p. 164. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 TYE-[HIS])
6. Singapore retrospect through postcards, 1900–1930. (1982). Singapore: Sin Chew Jit Poh [and] Archives and Oral History Department, p. 72. (Call no.: RSING 769.4995957 SIN)
7. Tyers, R. K. (1993). Ray Tyers’ Singapore: Then & now. Singapore: Landmark Books, pp. 162, 164. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 TYE-[HIS])
8. Liu, G. (1992). Raffles Hotel. Singapore: Landmark Books, p. 212. (Call no.: RSING 647.94595701 LIU)
9. Liu, G. (1999). Singapore: A pictorial history 1819–2000. Singapore: Archipelago Press in association with the National Heritage Board, p. 129. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 LIU-[HIS]); Liu, G. (1992). Raffles Hotel. Singapore: Landmark Books, p. 212. (Call no.: RSING 647.94595701 LIU)
10. Liu, G. (1992). Raffles Hotel. Singapore: Landmark Books, p. 212. (Call no.: RSING 647.94595701 LIU); Raffles Hotel. (n.d.). Facilities. Retrieved 2017, June 19 from Raffles Hotel website: www.raffles.com/singapore/about-hotel/services/facilities/; National Heritage Board. (2015, December 8). Raffles Hotel. Retrieved 2017, June 19 from roots website: https://roots.sg/Content/Places/national-monuments/raffles-hotel



The information in this article is valid as at 2008 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
Architecture and Landscape>>Building Types>>Commercial Buildings
Markets--Singapore
Commercial buildings
Arts>>Architecture>>Public and commercial buildings