Discovering Singapore’s Best Kept Secrets: Digital Tour of 5 Kadayanallur Street by Jerome

by Singapore Land Authority
15 May • 04:00pm

Unlock the backstory of a curious wedge-shaped building kept under lock and key behind Maxwell Food Centre. Psst, you might be surprised to find that it houses Singapore’s oldest, operational lift.

Kadayanallur Street

Developed for the poor and opened in 1923, the St Andrew's Mission Hospital for Women and Children catered to the dense residential population in and around the area of Chinatown. Its 1929 lift, the oldest operational elevator in Singapore, served contagious children stricken with tuberculosis. Under quarantine, the lift gave them the option of ascending to the building’s roof for fresh air and a spot of time in the sun. Guide and heritage buff Jerome Lim will walk you through the backstory of this State property and shed light on the three-storey facility’s Modernist design. Mr Lim will also pepper the digital tour with anecdotes from former users of the space.


Missed out on the tour? Find out more about 5 Kadayanallur Street through the article written by Jerome below!


Discovering Singapore’s Best Kept Secrets SHF 2021 edition is presented in partnership with Jerome Lim and the Singapore Land Authority.

About Jerome Lim
Jerome Lim is a heritage enthusiast, a keen photographer, and a blogger who captures Singapore’s fast evolving urban and cultural landscape through the award-winning ‘The Long and Winding Road’ blog. He is also the author of ‘Uncommon Ground: The Places You Know, The Stories You Don’t’ and co-author of ‘Secret Singapore’ through which he brings out the stories that are hidden in many of Singapore’s lesser-known sites. Through Jerome’s collaboration with the Singapore Land Authority, he has led guided visits to State Properties under the agency’s care since 2017, including several that have featured in NHB’s Battle for Singapore and Singapore Heritage Festival tour programmes.

Singapore Land Authority

Singapore Land Authority (SLA) is a statutory board with the Ministry of Law. Its mission is to optimise land resources for the social and economic development of Singapore. SLA manages some 11,000 hectares of State land and about 5,000 State buildings, which have largely been tenanted out for a variety of uses. It also manages land sales, leases, acquisitions and allocation, developing and marketing land-related information, and maintaining the national land information database through digitised land information services. Being the national land registration authority for property transactions, SLA issues and guarantees land titles in Singapore. It also manages and maintains the national land survey system, where boundaries or legal limits of properties are defined, based on a coordinated cadastre survey system. The use of geospatial information is also spearheaded by SLA through a national collaborative environment where geospatial data, policies and technologies are established and defined, thereby fostering innovation, knowledge and value creation for the Government, enterprises and community.

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