29 September 2017

September Sketchwalk at Robertson Quay


This weekend, we'll be swarming the former godowns of Robertson Quay. Named after Dr J. Murray Robertson, a prominent Municipal Councillor of colonial era Singapore, it is the largest and most upstream of the three main historical quays on the Singapore River, the other two being Boat Quay and Clarke Quay.

MEETING POINTS
9:30 am – Start at the roundabout end of Merbau Road
*between Bella Pasta and ROSSO VINO
https://goo.gl/maps/VL8iS8K4g1H2

12:30 pm – End at Robertson Bridge
*outside Limoncello Pizza & Grill
https://goo.gl/maps/4mwhPYDDF8p

These old warehouses, today integrated into newer developments, show another historic layer to an ever evolving Singapore River. Compared to the busy throngs of people further downstream, here the banks are much quieter, flanked by residences, hotels and laid back restaurants.

The Alkaff Bridge, painted by Filipino artist Pacita Abad, straddles the middle of the district, and gazetted godown buildings sit at Caseen Street, Merbau Road and Robertson Quay.