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  • Ceramic floor tiles : close-up

    Arts · Wong, Lily
    This is a photograph of ceramic floor tiles in square and octagon shapes. Such tiles were much favoured in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Title devised by Library staff.
  • No. 131 Joo Chiat Place : close-up

    Streets and Places · Arts · Wong, Lily
    This photograph shows an old bicycle parked outside No. 131 Joo Chiat Place. The windows with its vertical bars and the expanded metal grille are typical features of a shophouse built in the latter half of the twentieth century. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Swing door : close-up

    Arts · Streets and Places · Wong, Lily
    This is a photograph of a swing door of a restored house in the Joo Chiat area. The distinctive swing door or 'pintu pagar' in Malay is a unique feature in these restored houses. The swing doors provide privacy in the front hall of the house, from the five-foot way...
  • Wall tiles : close-up

    Arts · Wong, Lily
    This photograph shows the coloured square tiles of a house near Joo Chiat Place that are distinctive features of Peranakan homes. Flowers and geometrical designs are painted on these decorative tiles. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Restored shophouses : general view [3]

    Streets and Places · Arts · Wong, Lily
    This photograph shows a row of restored shophouses at No. 143 Joo Chiat Place that exudes an old-world charm with the Peranakan-style architectural features. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Restored shophouse : close-up

    Streets and Places · Arts · Wong, Lily
    This photograph shows the façade of a restored Peranakan-style shophouse in Joo Chiat Place. Architectural details such as the decorative plaster mouldings, elaborate designs above the louvred windows and Chinese glazed tiles showcase the richness of Peranakan heritage. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Peranakan-style shophouse : exterior [1]

    Streets and Places · Arts · Wong, Lily
    This photograph shows the decorative plasterwork on the façade of a Peranakan-style shophouse in Joo Chiat. Near the louvred windows and door of the restored building is a sign indicating that the property is for sale. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Louvred windows, 2008 : general view

    Arts · Streets and Places · Wong, Lily
    This photograph depicts a partial facade of a restored house, in the Joo Chiat area, with three louvred shuttered windows. The walls and windows have been painted in yellow and white, respectively. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Door grille : close-up

    Arts · Wong, Lily
    This photograph shows the door grille with intricate patterns of a house in Joo Chiat. It serves both functional and decorative purposes. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Spiral staircase, 2008 : general view

    Arts · Streets and Places · Wong, Linus
    This is a photograph of the spiral staircase of the New 7th Storey Hotel at Rochor Road. This spiral staircase is believed to be the most distinctive feature of the hotel. This hotel will be demolished for the construction of the new downtown MRT line. Title devised by library staff.
  • Peranakan-style shophouse : exterior [2]

    Streets and Places · Arts · Wong, Lily
    This photograph shows the decorative plasterwork on the façade of a Peranakan-style shophouse in Joo Chiat. Near the louvred windows and door of the restored building is a sign indicating that the property is for sale. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Door and window grilles : side view

    Arts · Streets and Places · Wong, Lily
    This photograph shows the door and window grilles at No. 135 Joo Chiat Place. Painted in matching blue, the grilles are contrasted against the white door and windows and peach-coloured walls thus enhancing the character of the house. At the side of the door is a letterbox. Title devised by...
  • Joo Chiat shophouse, louvred windows, 2008 : exterior

    Streets and Places · Arts · Wong, Lily
    This is a photograph of a facade of the second storey of a restored shophouse, in the Joo Chiat area, with a view of three louvred shuttered windows. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Concrete air vents : close-up

    Arts · Streets and Places · Wong, Lily
    This photograph shows the ventilation holes of a house that is well adapted to the hot tropical climate of Singapore. These decorative openings allow for natural and unhampered ventilation. Title devised by Library staff.