SINGAPORE - We thank Mr Foo Jia Yuan for his interest in Matilda House ("Why allow Matilda House conversion?"; last Sunday).
Singapore has many conserved bungalows that were originally built as private houses. Some have continued to exist as private dwellings. Others have been converted to various uses so that the buildings remain relevant for today's needs.
Their accessibility is tied to the uses they have been aptly put to, be it commercial, residential or institutional, in line with the planning intention for the area.
Where possible, some state-owned bungalows like Reflections at Bukit Chandu interpretative centre at 31K Pepys Road and the Chek Jawa visitor centre at No.1 Pulau Ubin are put to uses accessible to the public.
Matilda House is suitable to be a clubhouse in the Treasure Trove condominium development - similar to the conserved bungalows in Grand Duchess at St Patrick's and Seaview Condominium.
As clubhouses, more people will be able to enjoy the heritage of these former private family homes.
Ler Seng Ann
Group Director (Conservation & Development Services)
Urban Redevelopment Authority
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