Let us take a few moments to mourn the loss of this rare authentic PRE-WAR windows.
These windows were installed during the 1930's when the British built the Tiong Bahru Estate (Singapore's 1st Housing Estate).
It not only survived the World War II bombings, it also witnessed the birth of our young nation.
Despite being a little rusted at some parts of the frame...... due to years of neglect, these windows were still faithfully serving the occupants of the flat......until the flat was sold to someone.
"Too old and outdated!" the new owners must have thought.
"Fifty Dollars, that's all they are worth", said the window installer to me as I was snapping this picture.
"Nonsense!" I protested. "These are priceless!"
Not wanting to give the window installer an opportunity to think that I'm a mental case, I walked off.
But my heart was a little heavy.
Isn't these Tiong Bahru flats conserved in December 2003?
What was really being conserved?
Can we truly find a MINT CONDITION 1936 flat within this estate? I have not seen any so far.
90% of buyers who bought into the Tiong Bahru Estate recently did not buy it because of her historical value. Some do not even know why this place was conserved in the first place!
Some bought it to "FLIP" and make some quick bucks while some bought it to rent it out.......nevermind how many or who will eventually live in it as long as it makes economic sense.
I am beginning to wonder if Tiong Bahru Estate was conserved "wrongly".
After December 2003, there was NO MORE follow up activities.
No one seems to be policing anything at all.
Due to a lack of guidelines, this area seems like a free for all situation and many home owners are constantly testing and pushing the limits.
Perhaps it is because this area is the baby of two statutory board that it became no one's child.
By the time HDB and URA decide who will take total responsibility for this estate, I think not many of these types of PRE-WAR windows will be around by then.