History of Everton Road, Singapore
Everton Road where Sky Everton is situated in the planning area of Bukit Merah. This is according to the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore. It borders with Cantonment Road in the east, Kampong Bahru Road in the west, Eu Tong Sen Street, Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) in the south and the New Bridge Road in the north.
This area is among the earliest HBD neighbourhoods in Singapore that have improved over the years in terms of boutiques, cafes and bistros that have made the area lively yet still keeping its quiet charm.
According to the available historical information, the Everton Road area was built before the end of the 19th century. During this time land was subdivided into various urban residential terraces and detached bungalows were redeveloped. A map dating back to 1881 displays the existence of Everton Road, Spottiswoode Park Road, and Kampong Bahru Road with terraced buildings. The buildings were probably built with the “Early Shophouse design”. Some of the buildings still stand in the area today.
In the early 1900s, more urbanisation was witnessed in this area. At the beginning of the 20th century, the residents of Everton Road area begun to build several ornately decorated buildings. This was as a result of the increasing demand for housing units from the middle-class Chinese merchant families who needed new homes. Their demand was catalysed by the availability of money and the desire to locate from the disreputable, unsanitary and overcrowded urban areas to the east of Cantonment Road.
As time moved, more colonial houses started to emerge in the area. Next, to the port, houses were demolished to pave the way for port facilities and godowns. The completion of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in the 1930s contributed a lot to the development of this area. It enabled easy movement of people and goods through road and railway transport. Housing units for port workers also emerged in the neighbourhood.
The establishment of urban residential terraces led to the development of Blair Plain Conservation area that included Everton Road area. Building continued until the 1960s when various owners decided to redevelop their properties using the latest technology and to make them fashionable. The result was the construction of building in different style and forms.
The shophouses in Modern styles and Art Deco can be found along Everton Road. The shophouses are built with simple designs that feature a single window opening. Other shophouses can be found along Kampong Bahru Road. The Terrace houses in the vicinity have amazing mix of European, Malay, and Chinese design elements.
Today, as you move down the streets in the neighbourhood, you will notice graffiti that displays Singapore history. Advancements have also been made in housing units offered here. There are many privately owned developments providing incredible housing units. The demand for units is high due to the area’s prime location and the unobstructed beautiful city views. Transportation is also at its best with the nearby MRT station that connects the neighbourhood with various parts of Singapore.