The Old Hill Street Police Station, home to the Ministry of Communications and Information and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, is a colonial landmark located at the junction of River Valley Road and Hill Street. It officially opened in 1934, and was the largest government building in Singapore at the time.
The building is the site of Singapore’s first jail.
From 1915 to 1935, the Singapore Police Force went through a reorganization and several police stations were built to deal with increasing Chinese secret society activities. This led to the construction of the Hill Street Police Station building, which was completed in 1934.
On December 18, 1998, the Old Hill Street Police Station building was published as a national monument by the Preservation of Monuments Board.
The Old Hill Street Police Station is a six-story building with a total floor area of 25,000 sq m. It was built in a typical Neoclassical style that characterised many public buildings in England during the 1930s.
The building has a total of 927 windows that have been painted in shades of rainbow colors
An interesting fact is that the surrounding area, including the location where the building stands today, was said to resemble the peh toh, a Chinese New Year fish that symbolises good fortune. However, when the building was erected, the Chinese who used to live there believed that it disrupted the good feng shui of the area.
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