Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Former ISD HQ, MHA premises at Phoenix Park marked as national historic site

SINGAPORE: The site which once housed offices of the Ministry of Home Affairs and was home to the headquarters of the Internal Security Department (ISD) was marked a national historic site on Wednesday.

The designation of the site -- which includes the building within the Phoenix Park complex known as "Block A" -- as a national historic site is part of efforts by the National Heritage Board to recognise places of historical significance.

As a national historic site, the road outside Phoenix Park at Tanglin Road will now feature a plaque with information on its history.



Block A currently houses Avondale Grammar School.

The building was completed in 1949, the year the British Commissioner-General for Southeast Asia Malcolm MacDonald moved in.

In 1951, Phoenix Park housed talks among Britain, America and France, during which problems in Southeast Asia and anti-communism efforts were discussed.

Phoenix Park was handed over to the Singapore Government in 1971.
Five years later, it became the headquarters of ISD.

In 1977, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Police Headquarters moved into Phoenix Park.
The site was put up for lease as office space in 2008.
Including the Phoenix Park complex, are now 92 sites designated as historic sites in Singapore.


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