URA portal on heritage buildings proves a hit
Site shares wealth of info like archive photos, significance of buildings
The first public database detailing the history, architecture and stories behind more than 7,100 of Singapore's heritage buildings is proving a hit with users.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) launched the portal on its website last week.
Properties such as conserved shophouses, structures and national monuments are tagged on an interactive map according to, for example, location and historical district.
A pop-out menu allows users to pull up exterior and interior shots, conservation guidelines and procedures as well as past and present publications and photos of the properties. Never-before-seen URA archive photos from the 1960s also feature, including one of 13 Keong Saik Road in Chinatown where a 1928 Nanyang-style temple stands.
STORIES TO SHARE
If they have lived in a particular shophouse or if they owned a stall or shop there, these are stories that we want them to share.
- Ms Yeo Su Fen, senior architect at URA's conservation department and project team leader