Architectural & Interior Photography for The Tanglin Club Singapore
Architectural and Interior Photography project for The Tanglin Club in Singapore to update the photography of all main areas of the country club for their new website.
The Tanglin Club is one of Singapore’s oldest & prominent social clubs. It is not known how the name ‘Tanglin’ originated but as there are many places in Malaysia named after trees, it is possible that The Tanglin Club was named after the Saraca Tree aka ‘Tanglin Tree’. A commemorative Tanglin Tree was planted in the grounds of the present clubhouse in 1990 to mark the Club’s 125th anniversary.
For many years The Tanglin Club was one of the pillars of social life in Singapore for successful members of the European community. By the late 1930’s its ballroom had the reputation of having the best dance floor in the island and the Club band was a focal point of attraction. The highlight of Singapore’s social calendar was The Tanglin Ball. Even today the ball is held yearly in the Churchill Room, an icon of the Club. Squash and tennis are also synonymous with The Tanglin Club.
Before the fall of Singapore in February 1942, the Club was prepared for use as a convalescent depot for the Malayan Armed Service and an evacuee centre. During the Japanese occupation the Club was used as a Japanese officers’ club. Having survived the vicissitudes of debt and war, age and apathy, even a major transformation, The Tanglin Club still retains an aura of exclusivity as one of the premier social clubs in Singapore today.
The presidents of The Tanglin Club were persons of prominence such that there are many streets named after them e.g. Dunman Road, Anderson Road & Bridge, Read Street & Bridge, Birch Road, Bishopsgate and Finlayson Green.
The Tanglin Club today is an inviting oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation as its ambience still evokes the grace and charm of the past while reflecting its mission of being a “home away from home”. Even more so today, The Tanglin Club with its strategic location, cosmopolitan membership and modern facilities, caters to the wants and desires of contemporary men and women.