Singapore Architecture: From Niven Road to NAFA

If for any reason you need to be near the Middle Road or Selegie area, do park your vehicle along quiet Niven Road (where it is free after 5 pm, and whole day on Sundays and public holidays). It's still within the CBD, but that does not matter on a Sunday. A walk in this part of town used to entail a small amount of risk, but not any more. Its become quite chic to have a home here.


The now-gentrified Niven Road homes have a new air of respectability.

The art deco of Sophia Flats (1930), at the corner of Niven Road and Wilkie Terrace.


The grotty old Selegie Complex has been replaced by Wilkie Edge and the new Citadines Hotel.



More art deco, David Elias building and old Middle Road Hospital.


The new look of Middle Road.


Campus 1 of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.


A new coat of paint on the backpacker lodges of Bencoolen Street.


The red-bricked gem of Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church (1930), whose congregation of Straits Chinese date back to the 1840s. The foundation stone was laid by Sir Song Ong Siang.