After we are done exploring Bugis area, it was now my turn to lead our team around Waterloo Street. To ensure that the trip remain a fruitful and enriching one, I had done some research prior to the day of the trail on my assigned locations so as not to short change any of my group members.
|My group members patiently listen as I share my research with them under the hot sun!|
The street was originally known as Church street, named after Thomas Church a resident councillor. However due to confusion with another Church street located near Raffles Place, in 1858, its name was replaced to Waterloo Street. t]The name was chosen in commemoration of the Waterloo Battle fought in 1815 with Duke of Wellington who claimed victory over the French.
|Waterloo Battle in 1815|
Waterloo Street begins from Stamford Road and ends around Bencoolen Link. There are a number of religious landmarks that are planted along the street, namely Sri Krishna Temple, Kwa Im Thong Hood Cho Temple and Maghain Aboth Synagogue reflecting the multicultural community that once reside in this area.
Aside from the religious landmarks Waterloo Street has become home to many art organisations that we will look further into later on.
First up was Stamford Arts Centre!
|Us in front of Stamford Arts Centre|
|Striking red window grills of Stamford Arts Centre|
From the outside, Stamford Arts Centre may appear to be just an old plain building, but do not be fooled by its exterior as this building which was built it the 1920s by the Japanese is rich with history. The building which originally served as a Japanese school has ben occupied by many other schools, including Gang Eng Seng School and Stamford Girls' School. The building was later named as Stamford Arts Centre in 1988 housing a variety of Chinese and Indian art and cultural groups.
|List of courses conducted by one of the group|
|Letter box belonging to the different art organisation|
|Another group photo with the rather plain building before we leave|
That's all for this post, in the next post we explore two other sites; Sculpture Square and SCWO that also contributes to the historical and cultural development of Waterloo Street.