Now one of Singapore’s most vibrant and creative arts spaces, the Old Parliament House – also known as the The Arts House – is the city’s oldest government building and the original Neo-Palladian mansion is certainly one of its most impressive.
Completed in 1827 and designed by Irish architect George Drumgoole Coleman, it was originally intended as a private house for wealthy Scottish merchant John Argyle Maxwell.
During restorations in the 1980s, stoneware and earthenware from the 13th and 14th centuries was uncovered and when Singapore gained independence in 1965, it became home to the parliament until 1999 when the seat of government moved into an adjacent property. The building was gazetted as a national monument in 1992.
A stunning example of early Neo-Palladian and then Victorian architecture, the building is presided over by a bronze elephant statue given as a gift by King Chulalongkorn (known as King Rama V) of Siam in March 1871 in recognition that Singapore was the first foreign nation to be visited by a Siamese King.
Editorial from Historvius.com