Victor was right. It’s quite meaningless without hints. You either know or you don’t know. So I make it a multiple choice question.
A) The Foo Chow Building in Plummer Road?
B) The Palmer House in Palmer Road?
C) The Diamond Industrial Building in Paya Lebar?
More history and rare old photos of this place and its vicinity in a couple of days.
ANSWER (11 January 2008):
PALMER HOUSE located at Palmer Road, just behind the former Singapore Polytechnic. It was built in 1954 and known originally as the Chinese YMCA; later renamed Metropolitan YMCA, and now Palmer House.
Zen was right. Those are cranes in the background belonging to the PSA's Tanjong Pagar Container Port Terminal. That place should be familiar to Zen. He had many lunches at the nearby Tian Lye Street in the sixties.
Here're a couple of photos of the building taken yesterday. (I have enrolled for a course at the TESOL Training Centre and will be going there quite freqently in the next few months). Anyway, I will let my friend Peter tell you more in the next article. Hope can find time (have to scan and edit a 1962 map of the area) to put up his article and photos tonight or tomorrow latest. Please reserve your comments till then.