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Raffles House is a single-storey building built on the Fort Canning Hill, Singapore. The original building was a wood and atap structure built in 1822 that was used as a place of residence by Sir Stamford Raffles. The present structure built on the same site is a brick and tile building constructed later.

History

Residency House

Residency House, the original residence of Sir Stamford Raffles and his sister’s family, was a wooden house with venetians and thatched attap roof, the house was the earliest Singapore's project of George Drumgoole Coleman. Coleman, who waited for Raffles to return from Bencoolen, Sumatra for four months, in the meantime designed the House in speculation for Raffles' residence use.
Raffles, upon his return from Bencoolen, Sumatra on October 1822, impressed with Coleman's design, approved the house. Construction of the house was soon begun on Singapore Hill in November 1822 and completed by January 1823. Raffles and his wife Sophie would moved to the house by early January 1823.
On 21 January 1823, Raffles wrote to William Marsden about the house and its scenery.
On 23 January 1823, Raffles wrote to the Duchess of Somerset about the house and the hill.

Government House

On 2 February 1824, Raffles and his family would left Singapore for England. Raffles' house was bought over by the British Government and renamed as Government House and the hill would known as the Government Hill. At the own expense of 2nd Resident John Crawfurd, the house was further extended and redesigned in June by Coleman again with bricks and tiles in the neoclassical style for the residence of Residents and Governors of Singapore. The Government House had a clear view of the settlement around Singapore River and was featured in many paintings of the area.
In 1859, the Government House was eventually demolished to make way for a fort which would be known as the Fort Canning in 1861. Upon the demolition of Raffles House, Government House was temporarily moved to a villa in Oxley Estate called the Pavilion.

Rebuilding

A modernised version of the house named Raffles House was built in brick and tile on the site of the former Government House was completed in 2003. It is equipped with modern facilities, and may be used as a venue for events and wedding functions.

Sources

Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap

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