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.
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.
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.