Singapore’s colonial history spans nearly 150 years. Beginning in January 1819 with the arrival of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles and William Farquhar to set up a trading post on behalf of the British East India Company, and culminating in the events of September 1963 when Singapore joined Malaysia.
The vestiges of this era can be seen in much of our architecture, including colonial bungalows known as black & white houses.
Step back into a more gracious era as we stroll through these lovely neighbourhoods set in green and tranquil oases. Learn about their history, architecture, and role in Singapore’s heritage. Plus, discover the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used today both as residences and commercial establishments.
As you stroll through quiet Alexandra Park, imagine a simpler time. The black & white houses in the estate were built for British officers from Alexandra and Gillman Barracks, as well as medical personnel employed in the nearby Alexandra Military Hospital.