Peter Chan asked if I would like to take a second shot from the middle of bustling Orchard Road. I gladly took up the challenge.
This is a continuation of my second shot of Peranakan Place. Victor's favourite Framroz's Aerated Waters sign has disappeared in this 1960s photo by Terry Goodyer.
Today we see Orchard Emerald still retain the old facade. Unfortunately only the facade is left standing when I was there, the building proper has been demolished. Orchard Emerald is slated for joint redevelopment with former Specialists’ Centre / Hotel Phoenix. There are plans for a linkbridge to connect the two.
What took over the site of Pavilion Cinema - Specialist Shopping Centre - had been torn down for redevelopment. There are plans for the site to house the new Orchard Library in 2013.
Orchard Road was a dual carriageway in the 1960s. It only became a single carriageway in 1974 with the introduction of the Orchard Road-Orchard Boulevard pair scheme. Specialist Centre was completed around that time.
I like the gentle arc of the road on the side of Pavilion Cinema which is still visible in today's photo. With the road divider gone, you may not realize the slight bend of Orchard Road at this stretch. Previously I thought our shopping belt is one straight road.
Notice in the background there is a depression. I believe Orchard Road has its lowest elevation at Koek Road. Few nights ago, on the bus from Palais Renaissance to Dhoby Ghaut, I looked out at Centrepoint and realized the bus was on a downslope. Now I remember the pedestrian sidewalk outside OG Orchard and Orchard Central are raised above road level.
This mission was undertaken the same day I rediscovered the secret tunnel so I had Adelin with me. We came to the conclusion the mission is not going to be easy because:
- The green man only runs for 20 seconds at the Orchard Emerald traffic light. I have to run to the middle, position, snap and run back .... in 20 seconds.
- To get as much of the old photo in as possible, I have to stand way back, at the vehicle stopping point.
- There are still pedestrians (including jaywalkers) yet to cross the road in the last few seconds.
As expected the first few shots did not turn out well (1, 2 and 3 together compounded the difficulty). I was dejected but Adelin was encouraging