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Vanguard & Stamford

At the junction of Singapore's Armenian Street and Stamford Road is the Vanguard Building, aka MPH Building. A three storeyed building, it has decorative features consistent with the times when it was built in 1908. The red and white building started as the headquarters for the Methodist Publishing House. In 1963, the organization became the Malayan Publishing House with a focus on printing, publishing and distribution. It is no longer a bookstore today.


This is not the angle most people would take a picture of it, since it does not accentuate the rounded front corner. But I was walking down Armenian Road and in the background, could see the Swissotel The Stamford, one of the tallest hotel buildings in South East Asia opened in 1986. Every year this 72 storeyed hotel building is the site for a fundraising vertical marathon. Therefore, this shot.

Vanguard & Stamford

At the junction of Singapore's Armenian Street and Stamford Road is the Vanguard Building, aka MPH Building. A three storeyed building, it has decorative features consistent with the times when it was built in 1908. The red and white building started as the headquarters for the Methodist Publishing House. In 1963, the organization became the Malayan Publishing House with a focus on printing, publishing and distribution. It is no longer a bookstore today.


This is not the angle most people would take a picture of it, since it does not accentuate the rounded front corner. But I was walking down Armenian Road and in the background, could see the Swissotel The Stamford, one of the tallest hotel buildings in South East Asia opened in 1986. Every year this 72 storeyed hotel building is the site for a fundraising vertical marathon. Therefore, this shot.

comments (22)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Apr 2016, 02:05
It is a fine old building, Ayush, and about the right height for a vertical challenge. smile
Ayush Basu: Piece of cake when looking from this angle, Ray grin
vertical marathon, just the sound of that makes me so tired lol great shot!!
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Elaine. Haha, but I can assure you the view from the top is not too shabby.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Apr 2016, 05:40
The red colour is not out of place either Ayush
Ayush Basu: In Singapore, you will see plenty of that, Chris.
That is a lovely old building Ayush.
Ayush Basu: And well restored too, Chad. I think it has aged well.
A lovely building Ayush and I quite like the modern/ancient contrast!
Ayush Basu: I actually chanced upon this view on this street, Richard and therefore this shot was unplanned in that sense.
I love the red and cream building. It has style.
Ayush Basu: Agreed! It has aged well over the years, Mary.
They may be quite different in design but these two buildings are very picture worthy.
Ayush Basu: Singapore is good in that way; buildings/landmarks deemed worth saving are restored and conserved with much effort, Brian. And the new buildings try to push the envelope for architecture.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Apr 2016, 16:30
Nice to see some reminders of the past well preserved.
Ayush Basu: Yes, Singapore typically does this very well.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Apr 2016, 17:15
I love the shot I love the contrast of those two buildings and the Vanguard building is a beauty...I am glad they kept it like the original smile
Ayush Basu: It has aged well in my opinion, Astrid. The newer one on the other hand itself may not be in the same league but offers a fantastic view of the rest of the city. Best wishes for your approaching trip!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 5 Apr 2016, 17:47
I have never heard of a vertical marathon, Ayush
Ayush Basu: It is catching up in many skyscrapers of cities across the world. I did a quick Google search and found this for you, something closer home: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/wellbeing/fitness/could-you-run-a-vertical-marathon/
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Apr 2016, 20:14
I like the contrast here between the old and the new. I prefer the old for sale but probably the new for comfort.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Alan. I like your practical breakdown of the choice you made.
Ha ha.. Swissotel is still standing!
Some 20 odd years ago I was there on the rooftop restaurant!
Ayush Basu: You do come in and out of Singapore a fair bit, don't you? The last time I was there was a couple of years ago, covering the vertical marathon.
An interesting comparison!
Ayush Basu: A chance view that I stumbled on to, Tom.
Nice. Such vibrant colouor.
Ayush Basu: I liked the colour too, Michael.
Well with your description - it's a wonderful shot! I love the rounded, red and white Vanguard building - it's very attractive. I like the idea of the vertical marathon... it would probably kill me!
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the comment, Elizabeth. Having seen your posts of all the places you and Frank have been hiking at, I think this would be a twenty minute affair for you.
  • Martine
  • United States
  • 6 Apr 2016, 04:49
Quel contraste entre les deux photos ! Très joli prise.
Ayush Basu: J'ai la même pensée.
I had the same thought, Martine. Thank you very much for the comment.
  • Martine
  • United States
  • 6 Apr 2016, 05:06
Je voulais dire entre les deux immeubles.
There's usually rhyme AND reason in the shots we take, Ayush, so BRAVO for this one. smile
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Ginnie for the kind comment. A chance shot, having come across this spot and looked to my right grin Best wishes for your approaching trip!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Apr 2016, 11:44
Nice contrast in building styles.
Ayush Basu: A chance view that I stumbled on to, Louis. Thank you.
The old and new, nice juxtaposition.....
Ayush Basu: Just happened to have my camera with me as I stumbled on to this place, Rob. Thank you for the comment.
The Vanguard Building is wonderful... so well kept up. Vertical marathons, eh?
Ayush Basu: They seem to be a trend catching up in many skyscrapers the world over. Apart from this hotel building, Singapore has another five marathons that I can think of.
It is certainly colourful.

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