The two concrete pillars (painted in 2 tone colors)at the entrance to the church are the oldest remains from the old church built in 1848.
The 1963 church building which has remained till today is not the original building. I saw the original church building (see photo on right). It resembles very closely in design to the Church of the Good Shepherd at Victoria Street. It was built in 1846 around the same time when Bukit Timah Road went northwards. There are many uniqueness of this church
1) The parish priests who served in the church were all buried in the aisles of the old church building. When the present church was built, their remains were transferred to the cemetery behind the church.
2) The church ran a Chinese school (now the St Joseph Kindergarten) called the Sino-English School.
3) Father Teng was quite a character and rode a Hardley-Davison motor cycle when he was on his rounds visiting his parishers.
4) During WW2, church members served as Red Cross aides to care for the injured villagers and farmers who lived in the Chestnut Avenue area because the Japanese fired shells from Johore Bahru at British military targets in the Bukit Panjang area. I even saw a Japanese WW2 shell kept by Father Teng in his quarters as we loved to play with the shell after school hours.