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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Telok Ayer Performing Arts Centre

I passed by this building everyday on the way to/from work. But soon I will not be able to do that not because I change job but because the building is going to be torn down soon. Which is a big waste as this is one of the very few old type of school left in Singapore.

This building started life in 1893 as the Anglo Chinese Free School before it became Gan Eng Seng Primary School in 1923. I believe somewhere along the way probably  in 1960, the old building was torn down and the current one put up and became Telok Ayer Primary School. Due to dwindling enrolment, the school closed in 1985 and opened a year later as the Telok Ayer Performing Arts Centre.

Back then, schools are generally quite small and this one has only 1 main block in the shape of a U. There is also a low building that was probably the tuckshop and assembly hall. 

What I will miss most is the beautiful (some said gawky) murals on the 2 main walls facing Cecil Street.

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