|Quiz photo from the archives|
Many took part in Quiz 10 if you count in the anonymous comments. Now, before I reveal the answer, I let you have a
Today the former MPH Building at the corner of Armenian Street and Stamford Road is a conserved building, its Edwardian blood-and-bandage architecture admired by and much photographed from the front. Admittedly the back view does not look like anything from the front and this is why the notable landmark which I gave as a clue escaped many people scrutinizing the quiz photo.
Initially, FL and Chun See thought the tower is a foreign workers' dormitory. I do not think so; at least the tower is not in Kaki Bukit or Upper Jurong Road, as verified by Chun See. The absence of windows will make it very stuffy for the workers; besides, do they need to live in a bastion?
Anon of 13032011-1149hrs was the first to give the correct answer and a very precise one - behind Stamford Court. Then other anons chipped in and gave the correct answer. Peter elaborated on the heritage of the place, including the fact that 30 Hill Street was once the American Embassy. Its satellite dish can be seen in the quiz photo. He could not recall the name of the building that used to sit on the empty land in the quiz photo. The building is actually Eu Court where former Barisan Sosialis leader Lee Siew Choh had a clinic. Today Stamford Court is built on the same site and our National Heritage Board have their office in the building.
Former US Embassy in the 1960s mentioned by Peter. 30 Hill Street today looks similar so is it the same building or did they demolish and built another one? (Source: NAS)
Well done to everyone who tried. Congratulations to those who got it right. There were, however, two parts to the quiz and nobody could answer the second part to satisfaction. What is this tower really?
I have to confess here I do not know the answer either. There is no clue from the street directory; other than the address (12 Loke Yew Street), we do not know much about the building. Now that we know the location, does anyone have more information on this strange tower in town?
I took the following shots just yesterday night. From the walkway under Stamford Court where there is an opening to the street behind, the tower looked monstrous compared to the cars, not to mention a bit eerie too.
What I saw on one side of the tower (the side facing former MPH Building) baffled me - it was not a windowless wall any more!
Note the reserved space in front. In the end I still could not fathom the purpose of this tower.
Peter wrote in his comments the strange tower is a power substation. Andrew from One° North Explorers was kind enough to verify it. However it is still a little confusing to me. The address of the strange tower is 12 Loke Yew Street but there is no Loke Yew Street on the notice.