Walking on Ridout Road

Tucked away in-between Holland Road and Commonwealth Avenue sits a network of roads, namely Ridout, Swettenham and Peirce Road that are home to an array of private homes sitting quietly in near untouched tropical surroundings.

Old marble table along Margaret Drive just before a small pedestrian path leads you to Ridout Road

Old marble table along Margaret Drive just before a small pedestrian path leads you to Ridout Road

A small pedestrian path takes you into Ridout Road, flanked by untouched spaces of nature

A small pedestrian path takes you into Ridout Road, flanked by untouched spaces of nature

These roads, all of which were named after some of the foremost colonial personalities in Singapore, Ridout (Major-General Sir Dudley Howard Ridout), Swettenham (Sir Frank Swettenham) and Peirce (Robert Peirce) are also home to 27 conserved Bungalows, most of which are styled in the Art Deco or Black and White Bungalow movement.

Know as the Holland Park/Ridout Road conservation area, the estate was developed around the 1920s to accommodate the increased military presence in Singapore; particularly those assigned to the nearby Tanglin Barracks just a stone’s throw away.

One of the 27 conserved Bungalows that sit in the Holland Park/Ridout Road conservation area. Most of these were constructed back in the 1920s.

One of the 27 conserved Bungalows that sit in the Holland Park/Ridout Road conservation area. Most of these were constructed back in the 1920s.

Dog walkers, joggers and even motorist cruise along casually

Dog walkers, joggers and even motorist cruise along casually

Unofficial abbreviations of the area

Unofficial abbreviations of the area

Nestled in the tropics, a good number of these houses were built by notable architects such as Fran W.Brewwer and Swam & Maclaren, the lead architectural practice in Singapore during that time.

Though most of the amazing bungalows are tucked away up a hill or obstructed by vegetation, the route provides a serene walk for those looking for a little escape from the city.

A sense of the relative rawness of the area

A sense of the relative rawness of the area

While most of the houses are towering 3 storey ones full of grandeur, there are a few that prefer to keep things simple.

While most of the houses are towering 3 storey ones full of grandeur, there are a few that prefer to keep things simple.

The checker board has seen better days

The checker board has seen better days

One comment

  1. Tim

    It’s hard to believe you’re actually still in Singapore when you walk along Ridout Road. Some of the compounds could easily fit the footprint of a HDB block. It is a beautiful place to take a stroll and admire the beauty of Singapore’s old architecture coexisting beautifully with nature.

    Btw the picture of ’23 out’ isn’t actually an abbreviation of Ridout but an indication that that is the out portion of the driveway, 12 feet up the road is a sign which says ’23 in’. I believe someone with French government ties lives there as the French flag was flown at half mast (in the wake of the terrorist attacks) when I walked past there last Sunday.

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