The Empress Place Building was simply considered as Government offices during the colonial period. The building was originally constructed for making a courthouse but it was later transferred into offices for the government departments
The government offices included in the building were the Secretariat, Audit Office, Registration of Deeds Office, Land Office, Public Works and Medical Department, Treasury and Stamp Office and the bureaus of the Colonial Engineer, the Official Assignee and the Inspector General of the Police Force. On the upper floor of the building there was a room specially occupied by the Legislative Chamber. The public square located in front of the building was given the name of Empress Place in honor of Queen Victoria. It is considered to be the oldest pedestrian space found in Singapore.
The neo-palladian exterior works are the main attractions of the building. The timber-louvred windows and the pitched clay tile roofs overwhelm the heart of the visitors. The elegantly proportioned building is blessed with stately rooms adored with handsome Doric columns. The rooms have high ceilings and the architectural beauty is something to be first noticed in Empress Place in Singapore.
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