The Empress Place Building is a historic building in Singapore
, located on the north bank of the Singapore River
in the Downtown Core
, within the Central Area in Singapores central business district. The building is currently the second wing of the Asian Civilisations Museum
. The other wing of the museum is located at the Old Tao Nan School
building along Armenian Street
Located at the mouth of the Singapore River, the Empress Place Building's imposing Neo-Palladian exterior with timber-louvred windows and pitched clay tile roofs caught the attention of immigrants and visitors sailing into Singapore harbour. A 1905 Singapore guidebook describes Government Offices and its neighbouring buildings thus: "Apart from the cities of India
, there is, perhaps, no place in the East which boasts such a handsome group of [government] buildings as viewed from the sea."
Inside, the rooms are stately, with high ceilings, handsome Doric columns and exquisite plaster mouldings and cornices. Elegantly proportioned, the building is laid out symmetrically along a central axis.